Gay rights not civil rights: US Baptists

2012-06-21 10:10


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New Orleans - A day after electing their first African-American president, Southern Baptists passed a resolution opposing the idea that same-sex marriage is a civil rights issue.

Thousands of delegates at the annual meeting of the largest US Protestant denomination on Wednesday were nearly unanimous.

It affirms Southern Baptist belief that marriage is "the exclusive union of one man and one woman" and that "all sexual behaviour outside of marriage is sinful".

It acknowledges that gays and lesbians sometimes experience "unique struggles" but declares that they lack the "distinguishing features of classes entitled to special protections".

The civil rights movement fought to end legal discrimination of African-Americans that persisted in the South for a century after slavery.

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