While UMC policy holds that homosexuality is "incompatible with Christian teaching," the denomination explicitly states that gays and lesbians are of sacred worth. There is an active grassroots movement, led by the Reconciling Ministries Network, to promote LGBT affirming policies and congregations.
Though policy forbids ordination of "self avowed practicing homosexuals," there is movement in key regions around the country to change this policy. In 2012, U.S. delegates voted to allow LGBT ordination; unfortunately, international delegates (also required for policy change) voted against, leaving the discriminatory policy intact.
While policy forbids UMC clergy from performing same-gender unions/marriages, hundreds of UMC pastors have actively voiced their commitment to marry all. In various regions around the country (WA, MN, NY and New England), UMC annual conferences have voted to endorse marriage equality and/or oppose limiting the freedom to marry.