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Human sexuality protest closes session

November, 2017

Protestors take over the floor at the end of a May 2 session of the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Fla. They expressed concern that the church's decisions on restructure, ending guaranteed clergy appointments, human sexuality and corporate divestment were made without hearing the voice of youth and others in the church. The protestors sang and chanted as the presiding bishop gave a closing prayer. A UMNS photo by Paul Jeffrey.

A UMNS photo by Paul Jeffrey.

Protestors take over the floor at the end of a May 2 session of the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Fla. They expressed concern that the church's decisions on restructure, ending guaranteed clergy appointments, human sexuality and corporate divestment were made without hearing the voice of youth and others in the church. The protestors sang and chanted as the presiding bishop gave a closing prayer.

 

by Joey Butler
May 3, 2012

After May 3 morning break, a group of demonstrators took the floor and began singing “What Does the Lord Require of You?” The demonstrators are protesting the church’s stance on homosexuality. Presiding Bishop Michael Coyner asked the group several times to disperse and when they didn’t, he called the session to a close and the delegation broke for lunch. He said the next session would be closed to anyone but delegates. However, General Conference administration has ruled that the session will remain open.

That was almost an hour ago. The demonstrators are still here, and still singing. It is unclear what officials will do if they don’t leave before the next session begins.