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Associated Press - June 24, 2009 11:44 AM ET

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Southern Baptists are applauding the election of President Barack Obama but say they're troubled by his views on abortion and other issues.

Leaders of the nation's largest Protestant denomination voted Wednesday in favor of a resolution to "share our nation's pride" in the election of the country's first black president.

The vote comes on the second day of the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Louisville and as the group faces declining membership.

The resolution also decried Obama's support of abortion rights and embryonic stem-cell research.

Richard Land, who leads the convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, says the resolution "has its hand on the pulse beat of where Southern Baptists are."

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