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SBC won't relax its stance on gay marriage

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BALTIMORE (AP) — The new president of the Southern Baptist Convention says the denomination won't relax its position on gay marriage and transgender identity, even as courts across the country are striking down gay marriage bans in record numbers and the convention tries to bolster its membership.

On Tuesday at their annual meeting in Baltimore, members of the Southern Baptist Convention passed a resolution opposing efforts by governments to "validate transgender identity as morally praiseworthy."

SBC President-elect Ronnie Floyd, a megachurch pastor from Arkansas, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the convention doesn't plan to alter its stance even though American culture is changing.

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