Book of Discipline

Meeting in a special conference in St. Louis last week, leaders of the United Methodist Church decided to keep the denomination’s status quo when it comes to gay clergy and same-sex marriage.

Delegates voted 53-47 percent in favor of the so-called “Traditional Plan,” which keeps in place bans against the ordination of LGBTQ clergy and same-sex marriages. Their vote also rejected the “One Church Plan,” to abolish such restrictions.