One goal of Methodists’ plan to split the church over same-sex marriage and clergy: Avoid lawsuits

By Julie Zauzmer Leaders of the United Methodist Church took notice when other Protestant denominations began allowing same-sex marriage — and in some cases were hit with a wave of lawsuits. Conservative Episcopalians and Presbyterians, opposed to any new stance on homosexuality, wanted to break away from their denominations. And they wanted to take their …