United Methodists concluded their General Conference in May without voting on gay clergy or same-sex marriage. The nearly 1,000 delegates gathered in Tampa, Fla., soundly rejected two motions that would have amended the United Methodist Church's book of doctrine and rules, which calls the practice of homosexuality "incompatible with Christian teaching."
After those votes, protesters flooded the convention floor, briefly shutting down the conference. The conservative Institute on Religion & Democracy credited African delegates for upholding the UMC's stance. "Delegates from Africa, comprising about 30 percent of the total, were decisive in votes ...," IRD said in a statement.
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