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Arkansas pastor is new Southern Baptist president

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By JULIET LINDERMAN and TRAVIS LOLLER
Associated Press

BALTIMORE (AP) - An Arkansas megachurch pastor was elected Tuesday to lead the country's Southern Baptists. The Rev. Ronnie Floyd got 52 percent of votes to beat the Rev. Dennis Kim, pastor of a bilingual Korean church in Maryland.

The election comes as the conservative denomination tries to turn around declining membership, church attendance and baptisms. It also faces increasing conflict with mainstream culture, especially over its conviction that gay sex is immoral.

Also on Tuesday, the nation's largest Protestant denomination approved a resolution opposing the idea that gender identity can be different from biological sex.

The group declined to consider a motion made from the floor by one delegate asking that a Southern California church be disciplined for perceived support of homosexuality. Denomination officials ruled the motion out of order.

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