Bishop Jonathan D. Keaton issued the following statement following the passage of legislation allowing same-sex marriage in Illinois:
"Today, the Illinois Legislature passed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage. People have asked me where The United Methodist Church (UMC) stands on this issue. The UMC opposes same-sex marriage. In addition, it 'affirms that all persons are individuals of sacred worth, created in the image of God.' Only General Conference speaks for The United Methodist Church. That is our position."
Bishop Jonathan D. Keaton