As much as what we believe matters, sometimes saying what we believe often matters even more.
I believe that a person’s gender identity and sexual orientation have no bearing on their character or worth.
I believe that people who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender are fully deserving of love and respect and of every civil right afforded to any heterosexual or cisgender human being, without exception.
I believe that members of the LGBT community are not morally inferior, or that they need to be changed or converted or fixed.
I believe that regardless of where someone lines up along the diverse and complex continuum of human sexuality, they are all of equal value.
As a pastor and a man of faith with a public platform, I say these things clearly and continually.
To some this makes me an ally.
To some it makes me an advocate.
To some it makes me a former friend.
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