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Activists bring message to United Methodist Church leaders meeting in Portland

Pastor David Meredith. (KPTV) Pastor David Meredith. (KPTV)

Dozens of activists marched to the Oregon Convention Center Monday morning to bring their message to the leaders of the United Methodist Church.

Among them is Pastor David Meredith from Cincinnati, who has long been serving as an openly gay UMC clergy in Ohio and hopes to become church's first gay bishop. Fox 12 talked with Meredith about what he hopes to accomplish by coming all the way to Oregon.

"Change the hearts and minds of people who can change the rules and bring down the walls of injustice and exclusion," he said. 

United Methodists are meeting in Portland to discuss policies and vote on issues such as immigration, LGBT inclusion and climate change.

Right now, the United Methodist Church says its beliefs do not condone the practice of homosexuality, but adds it implores families and churches not to reject or condemn lesbian and gay members and friends.

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