There has been a lot of talk this weekend about LGBTQ issues in the church or as one person put it today, the alphabet community. For many people here it is seen as a social justice issue along with poverty and sexism and racism. It is sometimes difficult when surrounded by people who tend towards this opinion - although there is certainly diversity of thought and action here - to understand how the church came to be one of the last bastions of prejudice.
In parallel, today we got the news that our 'home state' of New York has removed the legal prejudice against lesbian and gay couples which has until now prevented them from marrying. I applaud in particular the swing-voter, a Republican Senator who expressed something of the distaste of the religious Right for the thought of gay marriage but said that in the end he could not find a legal reason to deny everyone the same rights he enjoys.
This will be my last campsite post for now. Tomorrow we will be en route back north and probably in the partial civilisation of a hotel room somewhere. Wish us luck with packing our tent back into its bag!
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