Petition 90040

Petition 90040 amending Paragraph 613.19:

Petition 90040 (ADCA 185), Calendar Item 9 (DCA 383) – Amends ¶ 613.19 of the Discipline requiring every annual conference to certify that the bishop has nominated only members of the Board of Ordained Ministry who will uphold, enforce, and maintain the Book of Discipline related to ordination and marriage of practicing homosexuals, and imposing consequences for failing to do so. In Decision 1366, the Judicial Council held this petition unconstitutional because it violated the principle of legality. The Parliamentary maneuvering during the February 25 Legislative Committee and February 26 plenary session prevented an amendment from being considered which would have addressed this infirmity. Thus, petition 90040 most likely will be held unconstitutional.

Paragraph 613.19 as adopted by the plenary session is as follows:

Amend ¶ 613.19 at its conclusion to state:

Every annual conference shall certify that the bishop has nominated only members of the Board of Ministry who will uphold, enforce, and maintain the Book of Discipline related to ordination and marriage of practicing homosexuals. Failure to do so shall result in the General Council on Finance and Administration withholding all funds from The United Methodist Church and withdrawing the annual conference’s ability to use the denominational cross and flame logo.