TEMPE, Ariz. (FOX 10) - A Methodist church in the valley is pushing back against a decision made about the LGBTQ community.
International Methodist Churches voted last week to uphold a ban against same-sex weddings and the ordination of gay clergy in the Methodist church. But some churches say they're unhappy with that decision.
The pastor at Dayspring United Methodist Church in Tempe says his church is one of many that is persisting the rule.
"I placed [a] black cloth on the United Methodist Church portion of our sign to indicate that something has died, the institution as we know it has died," Rev. Jeff Procter-Murphy, lead pastor at Dayspring United said. "But I'm mourning not just that, I'm also grieving the pain and suffering that [our] institution has inflicted on people, especially the LGBTQ folks.
Methodist church officials are voting to uphold the original church policy saying, "The practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching."