United Methodists in Missouri have unanimously voted to fight the state's "boats in moats" gaming initiative, which would allow casinos to be built on the Mississippi and Missouri rivers.

Nearly 1,000 delegates at the Missouri East Annual Conference, May 29-June 1, voted to unanimously to oppose a Nov. 3 referendum pushed by gambling proponents to change the state's constitution. The ballot would allow such gaming operations to continue and casinos to be built within 1,000 feet of the Mississippi or Missouri rivers. Last November, the state's supreme court ruled "boats in moats" unconstitutional.