So. Baptists: Gay Marriage Not Civil Rights Issue

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Southern Baptists have passed a resolution opposing the idea that same-sex marriage is a civil rights issue.

The resolution was approved unanimously at the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in New Orleans.

It states that "homosexual activists and those who are promoting the recognition of same-sex marriage have misappropriated the rhetoric of the civil rights movement."

They added that homosexuals lack the "distinguishing features of classes entitled to special protections."

The resolution affirms that marriage is "the exclusive union of one man and one woman" and that "all sexual behavior outside of marriage is sinful."

The SBC also passed another key resolution calling for the U.S. Justice Department to cease efforts to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act.

They called on the Obama administration to ensure that military personnel and chaplains can freely express their religious convictions about homosexuality.

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