Post submitted by Justin Davis, HRC Foundation Religion and Faith Program Assistant

In the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s decision affirming marriage equality across the nation, nearly 100 influential evangelical Christian leaders came together to release a statement about the justices’ decision.

In a move that may surprise those familiar with evangelical leaders’ reputation for expressing anti-LGBT sentiments, the statement was a celebration of the high court’s decision as one exemplifying Christian values of love, acceptance and inclusion.

Noted signatories to the statement include renowned Christian ethicist and theologian David Gushee, who yesterday met with the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Religion and Faith team; Justin Lee, Executive Director of the Gay Christian Network; and Matthew Vines, President of The Reformation Project.  

Organized by Brandan Robertson of Evangelicals for Marriage Equality and The RISE Network, the statement is a clear and resolute call to speak against the notion that evangelical Christians share a monolithic understanding of LGBT issues espoused by many conservative leaders. It also signifies an emerging shift in the conversations around faith and sexuality in United States and reflects the deep conviction that no one should have to choose between who they are, whom they love and what they believe.

Read the full statement here:

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