Last week, the governing body of the United Methodist Church voted to uphold a ban on same-sex marriage and openly gay clergy. The “Traditional Plan” won by a narrow margin at the annual meeting of the General Conference. It defeated the “One Church Plan,” which would have allowed local congregations to make their own decisions on LGBT issues.
Dean of the Emory’s Candler School of Theology, Jan Love, was at the conference. The school is one of thirteen Methodist seminaries in the country. During “On Second Thought,” Dean Love explored the implications of the vote here in Georgia.
Author and journalist Samantha Allen wanted to go beyond the headlines in her new book, "Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States."
"Often the stories we hear are just, 'Oh, this anti-LGBT law got passed' or 'This anti-LGBT law got stopped,' and we're not really seeing what's happening on the ground," said Allen.
From Provo, Utah, to Atlanta, Georgia, Allen's book explores the reasons why LGBT people stay and work for change in their communities, even when said communities might not openly accept or welcome them. Allen joined "On Second Thought" to discuss what her road trip taught her about the meaning of family and home.