October 4, 2007 Publishing Good News since 1884 Volume 124 Number 235

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Florida Baptists to consider 'gay marriage' ban at JAX meeting


JACKSONVILLE (FBW)-Messengers to the Florida Baptist State Convention annual meeting in Jacksonville Nov. 8-9 will consider a resolution urging the State Legislature to adopt a ban on “same-sex marriage,” according to State Convention President Tommy Green, who will conclude his presidency this year.

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Green, pastor, First Baptist Church, Brandon, said messengers are expected to vote on a resolution or a motion calling for a “state marriage amendment” to be placed on the ballot, based on the biblical definition of marriage as being between one man and one woman, according to a Nov. 6 article in The Florida Times-Union.

Voters in 11 states Nov. 2 approved measures banning “same-sex marriage.”

“We're going to begin some type of process of saying we want to see a state marriage amendment similar to what was passed in other states this election,” Green told the Times-Union.

The article also details an April statewide poll the newspaper conducted that found 54 percent favored and 40 percent of 600 registered voters polled opposed a proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

A projected 4,000 messengers to the annual meeting will gather at the Prime Osborn Convention Center.