UMC GC 2012: Bishops Negotiate with LGBT Protesters (May 3)
By the Rev. Jay Voorhees and the Rev. Kathy Noble
May 3, 2012
TAMPA, Fla. (UMNS) — In a surprise move this morning after protesters on human sexuality moved into the bar of the conference, Indiana Bishop Michael J. Coyner ordered the 2012 General Conference into an early lunch recess and announced that under the direction of the conference secretary, the Rev. L. Fitzgerald “Gere” Reist II, the plenary hall would be cleared and that the May 3 afternoon session of United Methodist General Conference would be open to delegates only.
After an emergency consultation among representatives of the Council of Bishops, the secretarial staff and Commission on General Conference, Kansas Bishop Scott Jones stated, “As the presiding bishop for the afternoon session, I’ve decided that the afternoon session will be open in accordance with rule 3.3.” That rule gives the presiding officer of the General Conference discretion to recess the conference and reconvene it with attendance limited to “delegates, authorized personnel and authorized guests.”
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