As reported by the Anchorage Press, fifty Christian clergy and lay leaders in Anchorage, Alaska, announced the formation of Christians for Equality. Christians for Equality was formed around the ongoing work to pass a non-discrimination ordinance that protects lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in hiring, housing and education. Christians for Equality officially launched on December 8 at a gathering in First Congregational Church in Anchorage.
Several clergy spoke movingly about their faith and their support for LGBT people. Some recounted personal stories while others spoke of the ethics of love that have been described in the bible and through Jesus’ teachings. Many clergy invoked themes of Advent, the current season of the church year that highlights anticipation, and the Sermon on the Mount.
Christians for Equality is working in partnership with One Anchorage. The day before, the city clerk verified that the petition signatures submitted by One Anchorage were sufficient and valid, and the initiative will be placed on the April ballot.
GLAAD applauds the work of Christians for Equality and One Anchorage. We encourage all faith leaders and people of faith to speak out for the full equality and support of LGBT people.