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Incompatible With Christian Teaching': Methodists Vote to Uphold Church Stance on Homosexuality

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A rainbow flag flutters against the Central Presbyterian Church courtyard, across the street from the Georgia state capitol building where the National Organization for Marriage held a rally on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2010. The National Organization for Marriage -- a nonprofit that advocates marriage as the union between a man and a woman -- is on a month-long "Summer for Marriage Tour" to 23 U.S. cities to show support for the institution of marriage. The tour stopped at Atlanta for a rally on the state capitol steps. Meanwhile, across the street, supporters of gay-marriage rights gathered for a silent protest. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal Constitution, Chris Dunn)

TAMPA, Fla. (The Blaze/AP) -- After an emotional debate, Methodists at a national legislative meeting Thursday upheld the denomination's policy that same-sex relationships are "incompatible with Christian teaching.'"

Delegates at the General Conference voted by about 60 percent to 40 percent against softening the language on homosexuality in their Book of Discipline, which contains church laws and doctrine. The meeting is held once every four years, which means the policy won't come up for a conference vote again until 2016.

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