Southern Baptist messengers meeting in Orlando, Florida have approved resolutions urging Congress not to repeal “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” and to reject the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).

DADT is the 1993 law that forbids gay troops from revealing their sexuality. Over 13,000 gay and lesbian service members have been fired under the policy.

Pending legislation before Congress would repeal the law. Republicans, however, have united to fight repeal of the gay ban. Only five House GOP lawmakers voted in favor of adding repeal language to next year's defense budget. Senate Republicans – led by Arizona Senator John McCain – have threatened to filibuster the bill when it comes up for a vote later this summer.

ENDA would ban employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity (transgender protections). The legislation has suffered a series of delays.

The resolutions were approved Wednesday by over 11,000 messengers.

The DADT resolution states that being gay is “intrinsically disordered and sinful” and calls for the forgiveness of the sinner.

Repeal of the policy would place Southern Baptist chaplains at odds with their vows to the church, forcing some chaplains to reconsider their military service, said Keith Travis, who heads the chaplaincy evangelism team at the Southern Baptist North American Mission Board.

“I believe some chaplains will leave,” Travis told The Tennessean after the vote.

Travis is among the more than 40 retired chaplains who wrote to President Barack Obama earlier this year asking him to keep the gay ban.

There are 448 active duty Southern Baptist chaplains in the military.