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United Methodist council upholds rules against gay clergy, marriage. Will the decision split the church?

CHICAGO - When S.E. and Katie Brick joined a United Methodist congregation last year, the self-described "rainbow family" found the welcoming and diverse environment they were seeking in a religious home.

The Bricks' 9-year-old twins, Maggie and Jack, attend the children's ministry every Sunday at First United Methodist Church in Evanston and are signed up for a summer camp with other members.

"For them, it was really important to see families who were different," said S.E. Brick, 44, who is transgender. "We walked in on the very first week, and at the front of the church they saw a two-dad

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