RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) _ Southern California Episcopalians voted to oppose a resolution by the world's Anglican bishops that essentially condemned homosexuality.

The world's Anglican bishops voted overwhelmingly in August to oppose the of practicing gays, saying homosexuality was ``incompatible with Scripture.''

The Los Angeles Episcopal Diocese voted 203-105 on Saturday against the position taken by the bishops during their once-a-decade world conference in Canterbury, England.

``They ... need to gain considerably more pastoral experience and engage in more thoughtful study and Christian conversations before I could regard them as well informed and wholly guided by the Holy Spirit on this issue,'' the diocese's bishop, the Right Rev. Frederick H. Borsch, said of the Canterbury resolution.

In the 85,000-member Los Angeles diocese, priests have been blessing same-sex unions for 10 years without waiting for approval from the national church.

Bishops also have been ordaining non-celibate gay men and lesbians.