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A quarter of U.S. congregations in the United Methodist Church have left the denomination as of December due to disagreements over whether to ordain LGBTQ clergy and perform same-sex weddings. Charlie Riedel/AP hide caption

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United Methodists will again debate LGBTQ clergy and same-sex weddings

The United Methodist Church is holding its first General Conference since the pandemic and will consider whether to change policies on several LGBTQ issues.

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A quarter of U.S. congregations in the United Methodist Church have left the denomination as of December due to disagreements over whether to ordain LGBTQ clergy and perform same-sex weddings. Charlie Riedel/AP hide caption

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United Methodists will again debate LGBTQ clergy and same-sex weddings

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What the Starbucks case at the Supreme Court is all about. Hint: It's not coffee

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