In a letter to the editor, Rev. Jamie Washington, associate pastor of the Unity Fellowship Church of Baltimore, pointed out The Baltimore Sun’s missed opportunity to highlight the contributions and impact of black LGBT-affirming congregations in their editorial "Marriage equality and race" (Nov. 1).
“Since marriage equality became a hot-button issue, a growing number of African-American ministers, both straight and openly gay, have weighed in with support for our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters and elevate the message that we are all children of the creator. Where there is love, there is God,” wrote Rev. Washington.
The pastor went on to highlight the growing support among black faith leaders like Rev. Dennis Wiley, a Maryland resident and pastor of Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ in Washington, D.C., Rev. Dorothy Harris, pastor of Unity Fellowship Church of Columbia, and Pastor Larry Brumfield with Westminster's Church of the Brethren.
“As the assistant pastor of a predominantly African-American congregation that affirms all people, I witness members of my congregation worship together regardless of orientation, knowing that the foundation of any strong family is not the sexual orientation or gender of the parents but the love and commitment they have for each other and their children,” Rev. Washington continued.
Finally, he called on pastors and congregants alike to come out as “supportive people of faith on the side of love.”
GLAAD worked closely with Rev. Jamie Washington and The Baltimore Sun to ensure that the voices of LGBT-affirming African-American faith leaders are elevated in the media. We encourage our constituents to leave your supportive comments on The Baltimore Sun’s website.