Faith group adds new dimension to gay-rights debate

Augusta Free Press
July 20, 2005
By Chris Graham

The debate in the faith community over gay and lesbian rights has to date been dominated by religious conservatives whose arguments are focused on biblical passages that they say condemn homosexuality.

Enter the People of Faith for Equality in Virginia, which is preaching a decidedly different message – one of love and equality for all of God’s children.

“We’re an organization of individuals from a wide variety of faith beliefs who hold the common belief that God calls us to live in a community together, and that it’s very important in the state of Virginia that we have a legal framework that protects the rights of gays and lesbians and gives them equal rights,” said John Humphrey, the co-convener of the People of Faith for Equality in Virginia.

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