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Bishop Melvin Talbert (right) joined 13 other United Methodist bishops at a gathering on May 4 outside the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Florida, where they showed their support for clergy in the denomination who choose to officiate at religious weddings of same-sex couples. Doing so is a violation of church rules, but Talbert said he preferred Biblical obedience even if it meant ecclesiasical disobedience. Holding the microphone for Talbert is the Rev. Bruce Robbins, pastor of the Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church in Minneapolis. Robbins is among those who has vowed to marry any same-sex couples who come to him prepared for marriage.