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Southern Baptists address prisoners, trafficking

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HOUSTON (AP) - The Southern Baptist Convention tackled topics at its annual meeting this week that seemed to show a concern for a broadening array of social issues. Those included human trafficking and the country's high rate of incarceration.

While a resolution expressing opposition to the Boy Scouts of America's new policy on gay Scouts was much anticipated, some other resolutions weren't. And even the Boy Scout resolution took a softer tone than many had expected. It didn't urge Southern Baptists to drop all ties with the Scouts.

This year's resolutions could reflect a growing ethnic diversity within the nation's largest Protestant denomination and new leadership in some key positions.

Last year, the convention elected an African-American president for the first time in its history. The Rev. Fred Luter was re-elected without opposition Tuesday.