The Methodist Church, the UK's fourth largest Christian denomination, now will permit same-sex marriages following a 254-56 vote at its Conference. The first weddings in its 4,000 chapels may take place in the autumn, although ministers who oppose the move will not be forced to conduct them. The Rev. Sam McBratney, chair of the Dignity and Worth campaign, called the vote a "momentous step on the road to justice" after years of "painful conversations." However, some members called it a line in the sand and said they will leave.

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