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Shelby, NC - The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer hosted dozens of LGBT supporters Friday night for a picnic pride event. The church supported gay marriage two years ago when Amendment One passed here in North Carolina.

"When you restrict people's rights, it doesn't just affect the people you've restricted, it affects everybody," said Rev. Dr. Valori Sherer, the church's rector who organized the event. Sherer explained, she felt it was time to draw more attention to the LGBT community and gay marriage. She said, "for me, it's about dignity, about all creation being beloved of God."

While many families showed up in support, others gathered outside the event in protest. "This is not right," said Billy Scruggs, a member of Elizabeth Baptist Church. He stood with protestors, holding signs and calling out reasons for why the event was against their own biblical convictions. "Jesus said love them all, but he didn't say love the sins."

Sherer said in response, "some of it is their own interpretation of what they're reading and I'm good with that. Everyone has to engage the bible themselves."

 Doug and Allen McVey and their three-year-old son Cooper said they just moved to Shelby from California and while they're self proclaimed atheists, they felt welcome at the church event. The couple was married in California six years ago and said they believe it's only a matter of time before that's recognized in their new home state. They said the church event only furthered that belief, "I kind of felt at home again, like people are equal everywhere," explained Doug McVey.

 The church said the event was just the beginning to their movement to support the LGBT community.

 

 

 



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