ORLANDO, Fla. — Faith leaders from Central Florida held a news conference Monday to commemorate five years since the Pulse nightclub shooting and announce their support for LGBTQ-inclusive nondiscrimination protections.
A group of about a dozen pastors, rabbis, and other religious leaders spoke out Monday afternoon.
Pastor Joel Hunter, the former senior pastor of megachurch Northland, said he realized he may have been part of the problem facing the LGBTQ community.
“Thinking we’re being holy, thinking we’re being righteous when really we are just not completing the mission of loving our neighbor as we love ourselves,” said Hunter, chairman of the Community Resource Network.
Leaders also released a signed statement from nearly 500 faith leaders across Florida calling on elected officials to honor the 49 lives taken at Pulse with courage and action by supporting federal nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ Americans.
They also want the Senate to pass the Equality Act, which would expand protections to people no matter their sexual orientation or gender identity. It was passed by the House but still needs a vote by the Senate.
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