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Dozens of demonstrators demanding a more inclusive church took over the floor of a May 3 session of the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Florida. They held communion around the center table and sang songs, causing the presiding bishop, Michael J. Coyner (visible on the screens in the background), to suspend the morning session. The demonstrators left at the beginning of the afternoon session after discussion with several women bishops, who publicly told the demonstrators that they felt the pain they had experienced as a result of the conference's actions to continue the denomination's position on homosexuality.