At the Desert Southwest Annual Conference, there was a discussion of a resolution in support of the LGBT community and someone challenged whether that discussion was in order. The bishop ruled it out of order, though this decision is not clear why or even which side of the issue’s statements were turned back by her ruling. When the resolution was passed, the one against it again rose and asked about its appropriateness under the Discipline. Somewhere along the line the bishop realized there was nothing in writing about the challenge and was not able to get it until after conference had ended.
The Discipline is clear. Referrals of questions to the Judicial Council have to be in writing during conference. That apparently did not happen. The Council could not take jurisdiction to rule on the question.
Because the bishop tried to get the process right, the Council might have considered overlooking the technicalities in this docket item . . . .