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American Baptist Church USA

LGBT Ordination: 
LGBT Affirmation: 
Marriage Equality: 
LGBT Affirmation Body: 

While the ABC-USA deems homosexuality "incompatible with Christian teaching," local churches vary. There is a movement led by the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists to further LGBTQ inclusion. 

LGBT Ordination Body: 

Ordination is handled on the local level. In many regions, LGBTQ ordination is not explicitly accepted nor banned.  However, in several regions there are statements that a candidate must sign stating they are not a "practicing homosexual" prior to ordination.

Marriage Equality Body: 

In 2005 the ABC-USA General Board affirmed marriage as a relationship between 1 man and 1 woman.  While not binding on local churches, many communities support this statement, while others do not and solemnize same-sex marriages and Civil/Holy Unions.

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