DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Hundreds of Iowa Methodists who recently gathered for a state conference said they disagree with the church's opposition to same-sex marriage and the ordination of gay clergy, according to pastors who attended the meeting.
A group called Do No Harm Iowa gathered as many as 500 signatures during the Sunday conference in response to a recent meeting of the United Methodist General Conference. A vote at the global meeting, which is held every four years, determined the church's book of doctrine should continue to call the practice of homosexuality "incompatible with Christian teaching."
A document that was read Sunday at the state Methodist conference said Iowa pastors would "commit to marrying without bias or discrimination all people who seek the blessing of the church."
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