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Proposed amendment rejected by delegates

The Revs. Mike Slaughter (front) and Adam Hamilton speak in favor of legislation which would have acknowledged that United Methodists disagree on issues of sexuality during the denomination's 2012 General Conference in Tampa, Fla. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.

A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.

The Revs. Mike Slaughter (front) and Adam Hamilton speak in favor of legislation which would have acknowledged that United Methodists disagree on issues of sexuality during the denomination's 2012 General Conference in Tampa, Fla.

 

by Art McClanahan
May 3, 2012

Adam Hamilton proposed an amendment intended to replace the last paragraph of Paragraph 161.F of the Book of Discipline. Co-authored by Mike Slaughter, the statement declared that “We commit to disagree and respect with love, we commit to love all persons and. above all, we pledge to seek God’s will With regard to homosexuality, as with so many other issues, United Methodists adopt the attitude of John Wesley who once said, ‘Though we cannot think alike, may we not love alike? May we not be of one heart, though we are not of one opinion? Without all doubt, we may.'”

After extensive discussion the proposal was turned down by a tally of 439 in favor and 513 opposed.