World Vision U.S. on Wednesday said that it will not hire married gay Christians after all.

“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 Evangelical Christian charity 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.”

World Vision announced the policy change on Monday. Christian conservatives opposed to gay rights immediately criticized the move.

Franklin Graham, the son of evangelist Billy Graham and the president of the charity Samaritan's Purse, said that he was “sickened” by the news, while Bryan Fischer of the Christian conservative American Family Association (AFA) said that World Vision had abandoned “morality.”

(Related: Anti-gay activists criticize World Vision for hiring married gay Christians.)