Religious leaders weigh in on HB2


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As House Bill 2 continues to stir up controversy, religious leaders weighed in.

Reverend John McLaughlin of St. Jude’s MCC joined other Metropolitan Community Church leaders in speaking out against HB2, a law that prevents local governments from adopting anti-discrimination measures including legislation some see as limiting LGBT protections.

He said this issue is troubling for him as a pastor of a MCC, a denomination that focuses on outreach to the LGBT community.

“As Christian pastors of our churches and this happening during Holy Week, reminded us of what happened to Jesus and the rush to condemn someone with no recourse and no witnesses and no debates and then ending in a very bad decision,” said McLaughlin. “Overreaching the bounds of what our state legislature should be doing and allowing discrimination against anyone in our state now going well beyond the LGBT community.”

Ethan Welch of The Bridge Church said his church doesn’t take stances of political issues, but he said they don’t support any type of discrimination.

“We believe that at the end of the day we’re called to love, love everyone and shouldn’t have discrimination for certain groups of people,” said Welch.

Gov. Pat McCrory has been making the rounds, defending his decision to sign HB2. Thursday morning he appeared on Fox and Friends where he continued to say the law protects the privacy of men, women and children throughout North Carolina.

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