The General Conference of the United Methodist Church reached an impasse over the church’s stance on homosexuality. The conference requested leadership from the Council of Bishops (the bishops are the executive branch, General Conference is the legislative branch, and thus they waited for the request rather than take action on their own). The bishops offered leadership, which was originally rejected but later adapted. In short all debate on LGBT+ issues was postponed and a study committee will be appointed to bring recommendations to the next General Conference in 2020 or to a special, called General Conference in 2018 or 2019.
Here’s the statement from the Council of Bishops: http://bit.ly/1W900fX
Here’s an article that details the process by which it was adopted: http://bit.ly/1OGbwYA
I really don’t have anything to add at the moment; I’m still sorting things out.