Whereas our Wesleyan heritage encourages interpretation of Scripture through the lens of our tradition, experience, and reason, as illustrated by our inclusive position on the ordination of women;
Whereas homosexuality and LGBTQ+ persons are scarcely mentioned in Scripture, with no reference to their status as a singular moral or spiritual affront;
Whereas the Traditional Plan approved at the 2019 General Conference disregards our Wesleyan approach of careful biblical interpretation using our sources of tradition, experience, and reason in favor of a literalist approach;
Whereas much of the content of the Traditional Plan had already been ruled in violation of the Constitution of the United Methodist Church prior to its approval by the 2019 General Conference, causing widespread confusion concerning the implications of its adoption;
Whereas the Traditional Plan singles out the UMC's position on LGBTQ+ persons for uniquely strict and punitive implementation while disregarding other inconsistencies in application of the policies in the Book of Discipline;
Whereas the first of John Wesley’s General Rules entails “doing no harm,” and harm has been and continues to be caused to UMC members and non-members due to the denomination’s discriminatory policies regarding LGBTQ+ persons;
Whereas the passage of the Traditional Plan has caused significant harm to persons within and outside of the UMC, causing many to question their membership and welcome in this body;
Be it therefore resolved that the Louisiana Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church denounces the passage of the Traditional Plan at the 2019 General Conference, and apologizes for the harm it has caused to LGBTQ+ persons, their families and friends, and the Church as a whole. We affirm all persons as individuals of sacred worth, and reject any form of discrimination that prevents any person from full participation in the life of the Church.