The recent national and world publicity given to the language and legislation of the United Methodist Church; "the practice of homosexuality", marriage equality, and punishment of UM clergy who perform same sex marriages and civil unions, could very well have an impact on the presidential election of 2016.
The Democratic Party Platform of 2012 has this statement; "We support marriage equality and support the movement to secure equal treatment under law for same sex couples." While the Platform affirms the right of religious bodies to "...admininister marriage as a religious sacrament without governmental influence", the Democratic Party Platform differs from the language and legislation of the United Methodist Church on the rights of same sex couples.
The U.S Supreme Court has struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and 17 states and the District of Columbia have made legal same sex marriage and there is growing support for marriage equality in the USA. Will the United Methodist Church continue to support legislation that is at variance with the equality and equal access ideals and practices that are essential to the United States of America? And, will it understand how its longstanding resistance to and prohibitions against same sex marriage may have global support among United Methodists, but it hampers the ministry of the UMC in the USA?
There is in philosophy a discussion/debate around the theme; "Ideas have consequences". The policies and the practices of the United Methodist Church have consequences as well. How tragic it would be if Hillary Clinton's membership in the United Methodist Church would hamper her quest for the presidential nomination of the Democratic Party if she seeks it, and the presidential election if she is nominated.
United Methodist Church in the USA, will you be responsible for getting in the way of the first woman nominee of a major political party, who could become our first woman President?
"Just Saying and Asking"