After prayer, gay rights protest ends – for now

The potential for additional disruptive actions continues.

Ms. DeLong said bishops had honored her requests so far, but added that she’s pressing that other petitions related to sexuality, including one seeking to end the UMC’s participation in the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, be moved to the back of the agenda so that they “will not be dealt with at this General Conference.”

“What we’re hoping for is that no more harm get done,” she said.

Read more from Sam Hodges at the United Methodist Reporter
http://www.unitedmethodistreporter.com/2012/05/after-prayer-gay-rights-protest-ends-for-now/

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