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SMU sued as it moves to cut ties with United Methodist Church

Dec 9, 2019

By Emily McFarlan Miller

Southern Methodist University is being sued over a recent move to sever control of the school from the United Methodist Church.

The move is part of the latest fallout over the global denomination’s decision earlier this year to strengthen language in its rulebook barring LGBTQ members from marriage and ordination.

Afterward, SMU President R. Gerald Turner issued a statement saying the school appreciated its Methodist roots and clarifying its day-to-day operations were not under church control.

And more recently, trustees of the Texas university changed its articles of incorporation last month to “make it clear that SMU is solely maintained and controlled by its board of trustees as the ultimate authority for the university,” according to a written statement the university provided to Religion News Service.

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