Matthew Vines Won't Rest Defending Gay Christians

The New York Times
September 17, 2012

ONE year after Matthew Vines was forced to leave the Wichita, Kan., church he had attended since birth — not because he is gay, but because he tried to convince people there was nothing wrong with that — he was sitting facing a crowd of 235 Christians, most of them gay or lesbian, at the Marble Collegiate Church on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.

OFFERING A LESSON Mr. Vines, left, spoke with church member Jim Augustine before his lecture.
Throughout the evening, various guests called him an inspiration and a messenger. One woman suggested he is an angel.

“Last year I felt like the only gay Christian,” Mr. Vines told the crowd last month, his hands noticeably shaking. “Now I feel like all Christians are gay. I suddenly have hundreds of Facebook friends who are gay Christians. So all right, we’re doing great!”