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UMR: Gay rights protesters cause early lunch break

October, 2017

Protesters against the United Methodist Church's stance on sexuality prepare to serve Holy Communion inside the bar of the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Fla. The group occupied the conference's central table after delegates voted to maintain the denomination's position. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.

A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.

Protesters against the United Methodist Church's stance on sexuality prepare to serve Holy Communion inside the bar of the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Fla. The group occupied the conference's central table after delegates voted to maintain the denomination's position.

 

Leaders of the Common Witness Coalition, a gay rights group, continued to sing in the delegate area of the plenary hall during the lunch break. But the Rev. Karen Oliveto, a reserved delegate and pastor of Glide (UMC) Church in San Francisco, said the coalition was not asking that people stay there when the session resumes, and risk getting carried out or arrested.

She said that decision would be up to individuals. Asked what she would do, she said, “I’m praying about it.”

Read more of Sam Hodge’s story at  http://www.unitedmethodistreporter.com/2012/05/gay-rights-protesters-cause-early-lunch-break/