In 2013, retired Bishop Melvin Talbert defied church law by presiding at a wedding in Birmingham, Ala. Kevin Higgs, Bobby Prince, Joe Openshaw and Bishop Melvin Talbert.
As the United Methodist Church began its global meeting, held once every four years, the stage was set for a showdown over the denomination's long-standing opposition to homosexuality.
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The first Stephen Light Youth Advocacy Award was awarded during the event.
That puts them in direct conflict with the denomination's ban on "self-avowed practicing homosexuals" in ordained ministry.
"While some of us have been lucky to serve in places where we could serve honestly and openly, there are others in places far more hostile, who continue to serve faithfully even at tremendous cost to themselves, their families, and yes, even the communities they serve, who do not receive the fullness of their pastor's gifts because a core part must remain hidden," the letter says.
A similar letter was released by 15 clergy in New York on May 1.
The United Methodist Church, the nation's second-largest Protestant denomination with 7.4 million members, has debated homosexuality at its General Conference every four years for four decades.