The United Methodist Church (UMC) has confirmed its position after a new vote, to continue its opposition to same-sex marriage and gay clergy within the Church.
The decision that was made during the s Special Session of the church’s General Conference in St Louis, USA, was attended by delegates from all over the globe, who voted 438 to 384 in favour of maintaining the “Traditional Plan.”
The so-called “Traditional Plan,” which reaffirms the church’s current ban on LGBTI clergy, also blocks Methodist ministers officiating at or hosting a same-sex marriage.
The plan also ensures uniformity with the UMC’s Book of Discipline that states that “the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching.”
While many where left disappointed after the vote was concluded, supporters of the conservative “Traditional Plan” broke out into song, leaving the supporters of change in tears.
Speaking to the Guardian, Former Methodist pastor Rebecca Wilson of Detroit said she felt “devastation” at the outcome of the vote.
“As someone who left because I’m gay, I’m waiting for the church I love to stop bringing more hate,” she said.
With more than 12 million members around the world, with around 7 million in the USA alone, making them the second-largest Protestant denomination in the United States.