JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Baptist Convention ended Wednesday with members supporting a combined resolution backing a federal marriage amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman, and affirming the Biblical concept of human sexuality between the two sexes.
Also, a resolution to support the phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance was passed without objection by the estimated 2,200 representatives from 670 churches across the state.
But the 129th annual meeting of "messengers" at West Jackson Baptist Church was not completely harmonious.
Some conservatives believe the current leadership has ignored and alienated conservative Southern Baptists. Concerned Tennessee Baptists, a new group seeking a more conservative leadership in the state Baptist convention, pushed for substitute nominations on two major committees of the Executive Board.