CLEVELAND (AP) -- Police arrested nearly 200 gay rights demonstrators outside the United Methodist Church's General Conference today, one day before church leaders were expected to reaffirm their opposition to homosexuality and same-sex marriages.
Activists had called for a mass, nonviolent protest.
''We're doing it for justice,'' said Ann Rudrauff, a Baptist from Columbus, just before she was arrested. She said it is time for all faiths to welcome gay members.
Inside the convention hall, about 100 pro-gay demonstrators briefly interrupted an ecumenical worship service with chants of ''extend the table!''
After the chants and a song, they sat down and the service continued. The sermon by Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey made only passing reference to debate among Methodists and his fellow 70 million Anglicans on ''issues to do with personal freedom and its limits'' such as homosexuality and abortion.
By midmorning, about 188 demonstrators who had blocked a driveway to the convention hall had been arrested.
Protesters said one of those arrested was Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mohandas Gandhi, India's independence leader.
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