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Photo gallery: First-ever ‘Witness for Love’ celebration in downtown Leesburg

More than 30 advocates of same-sex marriage legalization graced the grounds of the Loudoun County Courthouse March 20 to engage in the first-of-its-kind “Witness for Love” event in Leesburg.Times-Mirror Photo/Rick Wasser

Susan McGlohn and her daughter Meredith Keppel, both of Leesburg, hold signs showing their support for the the Interfaith Witness for Love, featuring clergy from the Sha'Are Shalom Conservative Jewish Congregation, St. Gabriels Episcopal, St. James United Church of Christ, and the Unitarian Universalist congregations in Sterling and Leesburg. The faith leaders gathered at the Loudoun County Courthouse March 20 to conduct a blessing of same-sex couples whose marriage is not recognized in Virginia.Times-Mirror Photo/Rick Wasser

Elethia, of Leesburg, shows her support for the the Interfaith Witness for Love, which was originally scheduled for Valentine's Day but postponed due to a snowstorm. Times-Mirror Photo/Rick Wasser

The March 20 "Witness for Love" event was led by People of faith for Equality in Virginia and local clergy leaders, including Anya Sammler-Michael of Unitarian Universialist of Sterling, Rev. Don Prange of St. James United Church of Christ in Lovettsville, Rev. Daniel Rivera of St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church in Leesburg (pictured, left) and Rev. Dr. Robin Gorsline, executive director for POFEV. Times-Mirror Photo/Rick Wasser


SWSWSW polls even by evangelical schools find VA residents support gay marriage with a majority, 56% to be exact as of 2014. Up 10 points in three years.

Haters will always hate but the law will change.

“Let people live in the faith of love for all humanity.”

Meaning what?

We used to be a country devoted to protecting and ensuring the rights of its citizens. Our rights were those innate human qualities and capacities, endowed by a Creator God, infused into the human spirit, needing only to be expressed, not provided by any manmade authority.
Now we are a country devoted to fabricating and engineering the rights of its citizens. And now our rights are those modern human desires and preferences, developed by cultural trends, promoted by political agitators, needing to be provided by unwilling third parties through governmental coercion and force.

Great photos! There were also great words. Here is my pastor, Don Prange from St. James United Church of Christ:

“My hope is that our witness today will be a word to the state of Virginia to stop playing God and let people live in the faith of their love for each other. Let people live in the faith of love for all humanity. And let’s really bring about equality and justice for all.”

Wow, 30 people to support homosexual marriage!

And here I thought the headline should be “Local Faith Leaders Under Fire for Supporting Same Sex Unions?” At least the didn’t pervert Valentines Day.

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