International poverty ministry World Vision is reversing its decision just two days after announcing it would allow people in same-sex marriages to become missionaries.
The group had announced Monday in Christianity Today that its American branch would begin hiring people in same-sex unions who dedicate their lives to God.
World Vision president Richard Stearns argued that the measure was "symbolic of how we can come together even though we disagree."
But the backlash from other evangelical leaders was swift, causing World Vision to reevaluate its controversial decision on Wednesday.
"The board acknowledged it made a mistake and chose to revert to our longstanding policy requiring sexual abstinence for all single employees and faithfulness within the Biblical covenant of marriage between one man and one woman," the group said in a statement. "We are brokenhearted over the pain and confusion we have caused many of our friends, who saw this decision as a reversal of our strong commitment to Biblical authority."
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