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Ohio church goes to court to block protesters

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — One of Ohio's largest churches is going to court to try to stop a national conservative Christian group from protesting near the church's parking lot.

Members of Minutemen United have directed months of protests at the Vineyard Columbus church because of what the group calls its "passive resistance" to abortion and gay marriage.

The senior pastor, the Rev. Rich Nathan, says he's tired of it and got a restraining order to try to keep them away.

James Harrison, local leader of the protest group, tells The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/12xDHAk ) that the 8,500-member church does not speak out against homosexuality and abortion, helps women recover from abortions and accepts gay members.

Nathan says the church is anti-abortion and against gay marriage, but it has a mission of "broad and inclusive" boundaries.

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