May 14, 2012

Delegates attending the General Conference of the United Methodist Church in Tampa, Fla., voted May 3 against changing the wording in the Church's book of laws and doctrines that says homosexual acts are "incompatible with Christian teaching."

After much debate, conference delegates also defeated a proposal stating that Church members agree they disagree about homosexuality.

Homosexual Church members pleaded to be recognized for their "sacred worth" while those who disagreed said changing the Church's stance would cause confusion and a departure from traditional doctrine.

The United Methodist Church has about eight million members in the United States.