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Clash over gays fuels offer for church split

PITTSBURGH - A leading Methodist evangelical pastor called yesterday for a split in the denomination over the issue of homosexuality - a sign of a widening fissure in the United States' second-largest Protestant church. "Our friends on the other side are not going to leave the church," the Rev. William H. Hinson said. "We're not going to leave the church. They will not stop their struggle. We will not stop ours. It is therefore incumbent, we believe, upon us to have a just and amiable separation." Hinson, who formerly headed the denomination's largest congregation, First United Methodist Church in Houston, made his remarks at a breakfast involving some...

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