GC2016 Puts Hold on Sexuality Debate

Late afternoon May 18, General Conference delegates voted by 428 to 405 to accept a recommendation of the Council of Bishops to delay a debate on homosexuality at this year's conference and let a proposed commission study church regulations.

Read the recommendation of the Council of Bishops

Bishop Janice Riggle Huie talks with rio texas delegation members Laura merrill and abel vega during a break in Wednesday's proceedings.

Bishop Janice Riggle Huie talks with rio texas delegation members Laura merrill and abel vega during a break in Wednesday's proceedings.

The vote came after a contentious day that first saw the defeat of a motion proposed by Rev. Adam Hamilton, Pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection. Hamilton's motion added detail to the Council of Bishop's call for the creation of a commission and a special General Conference to deal with sexuality issues calling the bishop's ideas "our best chance of finding a long-term solution."

The new motion accepted the recommendation of the Council of Bishops in its entirety raising some questions about the details of moving forward.

Watch Adam Hamilton's reaction to the acceptance of the bishops' plan. (Courtesy of Great Plains Annual Conference):