As a United Methodist, I'm very saddened by this.
As much as I hate hearing this, it's important to keep in mind the 4.4 million non-US members and how powerful their vote was, unfortunately.
So what will you do? Remain a sad victim, or take some action?
Ohhh, I'm sorry. I didn't realize I wasn't allowed to be sad.
Regardless, I will do what I can in my power to make a change, as will many other GLBT United Methodists.
I won't hold my breath. What you can do is negligible. Nice words, little results. Have you considered leaving this bigoted church? There are other congregations that welcome gays. Why remain in one that rejects us?
I would never
ask you to hold your breath about this issue, so please don't!
It's a fact that NOT ALL United Methodist churches are as bigoted and GLBT-negative as some United Methodist churches and organizations are. The United Methodist church that I am a very proud member of is VERY accepting and welcoming, as are a number of United Methodist churches in my hometown. Just because a percentage of United Methodist have voted against us does not mean that I will leave my church. The worst that we, as GLBT United Methodist, could do would be to leave our GLBT-friendly churches; churches, ministers, and congregations that have welcomed us with open arms, as well as other 'disenfranchised' individuals.
Leaving may be an option for you, but it IS NOT an option for me and many other GLBT United Methodist individuals.
And answer me this: What would have happened if GLBT individuals and their straight allies had left the Evangelical Lutheran Church, Episcopal Church, Presbyterian Church (USA), and United Church of Christ?