San Francisco (CNN)Democratic National Committee members at their summer meeting on Saturday rejected a resolution that would have confused the Party’s stance to bar presidential candidates from participating in single-issue or unsanctioned debates.

The language that was rejected — inserted at the behest of climate change activists during a strongly contentiously Resolutions Committee meeting on Thursday — said the DNC, “will continue to encourage candidates to participate in multi-candidate issue-specific forums with the candidates appearing on the same stage, engaging one another in discussion.”

Democratic presidential candidates are barred from appearing together on stage outside of DNC-sanctioned debates.

The committee’s approved language from Thursday “essentially lifted the ban on candidates being unable to appear together on a stage at a forum or a candidate gathering,” Washington State Democratic Party Chair Tina Podlodowski, a leader in the effort, told CNN. DNC members defeated the move to lift such a ban Saturday in a 222-137 vote.

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