“With Friends Like These, Who Needs Enemies?” : A List of Christian Denominations that Still Discriminate against LGBTQ Persons

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With celebration of the Supreme Court of the United States’ recent marriage equality decision sweeping the nation, I thought now would be a good time to examine where Christian denominations are at on LGBTQ issues. When I decided to compile a list of denominations that discriminate (based primarily on ordination, marriage and a variety of other indicators of inclusion), I knew that my efforts would not be an exact science. The list I compiled is based on an amalgamation of researched information and personal knowledge. This list is not a complete or perfect list. While some might question the usefulness of this list (or even if some of the groups I include should be on here), I simply wanted to illustrate that the vast majority of denominations in our nation are still homophobic, transphobic and queerphobic. Though much progress has been made, most of the church landscape in the United States is still a terrifying and violent place for LGBTQ persons. With friends like these, who needs enemies?


The Seventh-Day Adventist Church

The Southern Baptist Convention

American Baptist Churches, USA

The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

The United Methodist Church

National Baptist Convention, USA

Reformed Church in America

The Eastern Orthodox Church

The Roman Catholic Church

The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod

The Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod

Most Pentecostal Denominations

Most Anabaptist Denominations

Most Evangelical Denominations

Presbyterian Church in America

Evangelical Presbyterian Church

Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church

Orthodox Presbyterian Church

Friends United Meeting

Friends Evangelical Church

General Church of the New Jerusalem

Vineyard Churches, USA

The African Methodist Episcopal Church

The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church

The African Methodist Episcopal Church – Zion

Most Methodist Denominations

The Church of the Nazarene

Church of God in Christ

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Progressive National Baptist Convention

Jehovah’s Witnesses

Most Baptist Denominations

Most Churches of Christ

Assembly of God

Church of God

Salvation Army


Parts of the Community of Christ

Parts of the Episcopal Church

Parts of the Presbyterian Church USA

Parts of the United Church of Christ

Parts of the Disciples of Christ

Parts of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

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