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Sunday, June 13, 2004

The sermon at Boston's Gay Pride celebration.

From the Globe's report on yesterday's exultant Gay Pride celebration:

Earlier in the day, hundreds of people packed the Old South Church in Copley Square for an interfaith service during which newly married couples, and those planning to marry, were asked to stand, and treated to resounding applause. The sermon was delivered by the Rev. V. Gene Robinson, the openly gay priest whose consecration last year as bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire has divided the denomination.

Calling it an honor to preach before "brothers and sisters in the struggle," Robinson paid tribute to the recent progress made by gays and lesbians. He also addressed what he views as the remaining prejudice in the church.

"What we're celebrating here today is more unnerving to many in the religious establishment than our parade," he said. ''We are worthy to hold our heads high, not just because we decided we are worthy, but because God has proclaimed it."

The bishop urged his listeners to spread the news about their faith, especially to other gays and lesbians who have been ''so hurt . . . this is the last place they would look for healing and wholeness."

"You and I need to come out about God," he said. "If we don't tell them, who will?"

("Gay pride parade pays tribute to marriage," Jenna Russell, Boston Globe 6.13.04)

Copyright © 2004 by Philocrites | Posted 13 June 2004 at 8:03 PM

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