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Beaten at Church for Being Gay?

October 6, 2011, 12:36 pm | Posted by Nick Sementelli

Two weeks ago, Jerry Pittman Jr. and his boyfriend Dustin Lee tried to attend services at Grace Fellowship Church in their town of Fruitland, Tennessee. They didn’t make it through the front door.

On instructions from the church pastor–Jerry’s father–church deacons attacked Jerry and Dustin in the parking lot while shouting homophobic slurs to prevent them from entering.

This kind of hate and violence has no place in our society, particularly in our churches. Not only does this assault directly harm Jerry and Dustin, it reinforces the lie that all religion is hostile to LGBT people.

Faithful America is fighting that myth by standing up for Jerry and Dustin and demanding an apology. Thousands of people are adding their names to a simple petition to church leadership:

To the leadership of Grace Fellowship Church,

Your actions against Jerry and Dustin are appalling and in no way faithful to the Christian Gospel. Such hate and violence are never acceptable.

As people of faith, we call on you to apologize immediately.

Join them by signing your name to the petition here.

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