W.Va. Southern Baptists Call for Gay Marriage Ban

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - The West Virginia Convention of
Southern Baptists has passed a resolution calling for an amendment
to the state constitution defining marriage as between a man and a

The resolution was passed at the group's recent meeting in Parkersburg, where members of the convention unanimously approved
language calling on Christians in the state to ban the possibility
of gay marriage here.

There are roughly 200 Southern Baptist churches in West Virginia.

The call was supported by the Family Policy Council of West Virginia. That group called on Gov. Joe Manchin last month to convene a special legislative session to put the amendment on the ballot.

Manchin's office says a 2000 state law already defines marriage that way, and rules out recognizing same-sex unions performed in other states.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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