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Methodist minister at George Mason University could face discipline over officiating a same-sex wedding

Feb 10, 2020

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey

A Methodist-ordained minister from Northern Virginia could be one of the last members of the clergy in the United Methodist Church to face disciplinary action for officiating at a same-sex wedding ceremony.

The Rev. Drew Ensz, 35, who works at Arise Campus Ministry at George Mason University in Fairfax County, conducted the marriage in September.

Such unions are prohibited by Methodist doctrine, but church trials over same-sex marriage have become increasingly controversial in recent years, with a growing number of congregations and individuals supportive of both same-sex marriage and LGBTQ clergy.

In early January, leaders in the United Methodist Church tentatively agreed to spin off a “traditionalist Methodist” denomination that would continue to oppose same-sex marriage and decline ordination to LGBT clergy — allowing the remaining portion of the United Methodist Church to permit same-sex marriage and LGBT clergy for the first time in its history. The plan will be voted on at the church’s denomination-wide conference in May.

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