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Faith Leaders Condemn Repressive Nigerian Legislation

February 27, 2007  
 
Honorable Senator Ken Nnamani  
President of the Senate  
Owa Building  
Amichi-Uwani  
Awkunanaw  
Enugu South, Enugu State  
NIGERIA  
Via email: knnamani@nassnig.org  
 
Honorable Senator Ibrahim Mantu  
Deputy President of Senate  
Panshin Road Opposite Mangu Local Government Secretariat  
Mangu, Plateau  
NIGERIA  
Via email: imantu@nassnig.org  
 
Honorable Senator Nnamani and Honorable Senator Mantu:  

It has been called to our attention that a bill now before the National Assembly would strip a section of the Nigerian people of their basic human rights. The Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act 2006 goes far beyond banning equality in civil marriage. It is an assault on everyone’s basic freedoms. As leaders of faith communities, we believe that respecting the dignity of every human being is a core spiritual value. We urge you as civic leaders to respect human dignity by rejecting this bill.  
 
The bill says that the law will provide five years imprisonment to anyone who “goes through the ceremony of marriage with a person of the same sex,” helps or supports a same sex marriage, or “is involved in the registration of gay clubs, societies and organizations, sustenance, procession or meetings, publicity and public show of same sex amorous relationship directly or indirectly in public and in private.” It will also prohibit adoption of children by lesbian or gay couples or individuals. Arresting people for these acts challenges fundamental freedoms under the Nigerian Constitution and international human rights law and standards, including the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights.  
 
This proposed legislation also hurts Nigeria in its struggle to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS. This bill would drive part of the population deeper into invisibility and silence—cutting them off from any sort of education concerning how to protect themselves from HIV/AIDS.  
 
The African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights affirms the equality of all people. The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which Nigeria acceded to in 1993, protects the rights to freedom of expression, freedom of conscience, freedom of assembly and freedom of association. The United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Defenders says that “everyone has the right, individually and in association with others, at the national and international levels: a) to meet or assemble peacefully; b) to form, join and participate in non-governmental organizations, associations or groups.”  
 
Most importantly, this bill would strike at the equality, dignity and respect due all people in Nigeria. As faith leaders we are committed to building bridges of understanding across divides of difference. We believe all people of faith are called to work together for a world of justice, peace and equality. We urge you to resist the polarizing rhetoric of some narrow, religious ideologues and instead affirm the fundamental values of freedom reflected in the Nigerian Constitution.  
 
We are asking that you oppose this bill and protect the equality of all Nigerians. Your assistance is necessary in order to overcome the discrimination that takes place in the world today. We are depending on you to do all you can to prevent this bill from being passed and to take a stand for the basic human rights of all people.  
 
Sincerely,  
 
Rev. Dyan Abena McCray  
Founding Pastor of Unity Fellowship Church  
A Member of the Unity Fellowship Church Christian Movement  
Washington, DC  
 
Rev. Paul R. Abernathy  
Rector, St. Mark's Episcopal Church  
Capitol Hill  
Washington, DC  
 
Jonathan Abernethy  
Assistant to the Executive Officer  
Episcopal Diocese of California  
San Francisco, CA  
 
Rev. Elder Arlene Ackerman  
Metropolitan Community Church of New York  
Landisville, PA  
 
Rev. Dr. Jane Adams Spahr  
That All May Freely Serve  
San Rafael, CA  
 
Rev. Elizabeth Alexander  
The Church of Gethsemane  
Brooklyn, NY  
 
Rev. Donna E. Allen, Ph.D.  
Founder and Pastor  
New Revelation Community Church  
Oakland, CA  
 
Rev. Dr. Robert C. Angus  
Parish Associate, Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church  
Washington, DC  
 
Rev. Dr. Randall C. Bailey  
Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Hebrew Bible  
Interdenominational Theological Center  
Atlanta, GA  
 
George Balgan  
Clergy-in-residence  
Metropolitan Community Church of Las Vegas  
Las Vegas, NV  
 
Rev. Earl David Ball  
Ordained Minister in the United Church of Christ, USA  
Easton, PA  
 
Rev. Canon Michael Barlowe  
The Episcopal Diocese of California  
San Francisco, CA  
 
Rev. Anne K. Bartlett  
Rector, Trinity Episcopal Church  
Ashland, OR  
 
William Bartosh and Anthony Saponate  
Lay Vicars  
St Matthew's Episcopal Church  
San Ardor, CA  
 
Rev. Karen Bear Ride  
Presbyterian Church  
 
Rev. Joan Van Becelaere  
Vice President for Student Services  
The Iliff School of Theology  
Denver, CO  
 
Rev. Michel Belt  
Rector  
St. James Church  
New London, CT  
 
Rev. Wilfredo Benitez  
St. Anselm of Canterbury Episcopal Church  
Garden Grove, CA  
 
Rev. J. Brad Benson  
Rector, St. Thomas' Church  
Church of the Good Shepherd  
Bath, NY  
 
Rev. James N. Birkitt, Jr.  
Communications Director  
Metropolitan Community Churches  
 
Rev. Susan N. Blue  
Rector  
St. Margarets Episcopal Church  
Washington, DC  
 
Rev.Teresa T. Bowden  
Wahiawa, HI  
 
Rev. Polly M. Bowen  
Diocesan Coordinator  
Education for Ministry, Diocese of Western New York  
 
Rev. John Paul Boyer  
M.V.D., M.Div., M.A.  
Rector, St David's Episcopal Church, West Seneca, NY  
Bishop's Theologian, The Episcopal Diocese of Western New York  
Ecumenical & Interfaith Officer, The Episcopal Diocese of Western New York  
 
John Clinton Bradley  
Integrity  
 
Rev. Wayne T. Bradley  
Minister of Music  
The First Congregational Church of Forest Glen  
United Church of Christ  
Chicago, IL  
 
Rev. Pamela C. Braid  
Pastor  
United Church of Christ.  
Orlando, FL  
 
Rev. Judith Brain  
Pilgrim United Church of Christ  
Lexington, MA  
 
Rev. Elder Lillie Brock  
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches – Region 7  
 
Rev. Dr. Ken Brooker Langston  
Director, Disciples Justice Action Network  
 
Rev.Lea D. Brown  
Pastor  
Wichita Falls Metropolitan Community Church  
Wichita Falls, KS  
 
Rev. M. F. Buckingham  
St. Peter's Episcopal  
Niagara Falls, NY  
 
Rev. Pat Bumgardner  
Senior Pastor  
Metropolitan Community Church of New York  
 
Rev. Felix A. Burrows, Jr.  
Presbyterian Church  
Washington, DC  
 
Rev. Laine Calloway  
Diocese of WNC  
Chair of Gay and Lesbian Ministries  
 
Rev. Dr. Phil Campbell  
Iliff School of Theology  
Denver, CO  
 
Greg Carey  
Associate Professor  
Lancaster, PA  
 
Rev. Lee J. Carlton  
Senior Pastor  
Cornerstone Metro Community Church of Mobile, AL  
 
Rev. Michelle Carmody  
Metropolitan Community Church  
 
Rev. Dr. Mari E. Castellanos  
Public Life and Social Policy Office  
United Church of Christ  
 
Rev. Ignacio Castuera  
Pastor, United Methodist Church  
 
Right Reverend John Bryson Chane  
Eighth Bishop of Washington  
Episcopal Diocese of Washington  
 
Rev. Otis Charles  
Bishop of Utah (retired)  
San Francisco, CA  
 
Beryl T. Choi  
Priest in the Episcopal Church of the USA  
 
Rev. Dr. Ken Clark  
Retired Canon Theologian and sometimes dean  
St. John's Episcopal Cathedral  
Albuquerque, NM  
 
Rev. Dr. Deborah L. Clark  
Ordained Minister in the United Church of Christ  
Pastor of Edwards UCC  
Framingham, MA  
 
Rev. James A Clark Jr.  
Indianapolis, IN  
 
Lars Clausen  
Ordained Lutheran Pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America  
 
Rev. Pamela Cooper-White, Ph.D.  
Professor of Pastoral Theology  
Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia  
and Adjunct Priest  
St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church  
Philadephia, PA  
 
Rev. Colin Coward  
Director of Changing Attitude England  
 
Jimmy Creech  
Executive Director  
Faith In America, Inc.  
Raleigh, NC  
 
Rev. Laurie Crelly  
United Church of Christ  
White Bear Lake, MN  
 
Rev. Karen Curtis-Weakley  
 
Rev. Richard L Dalton  
Pastor  
Metropolitan Community Church of the Sierras  
Reno, NV  
 
Rev. Martha Daniels  
Metropolitan Community Church – Windsor  
Windsor, ON, Canada  
 
Rev. Ann B. Day  
ONA Program Coordinator  
UCC Coalition for LGBT Concerns  
 
Rev. Susan G. De George  
South Presbyterian Church  
Dobbs Ferry, NY  
 
Rev. Maureen Doherty  
Rector  
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church  
Waverly, IA  
 
Rev. Philip W. Dougharty  
Rector  
St. John's Grace Episcopal Church  
Buffalo, NY  
 
Rev. Dr. Stanley L. Dull  
Rector  
The Church of the Epiphany  
Cape Coral, FL  
 
Rev. David W. Dyson  
Pastor  
Lafayette Ave. Presbyterian Church  
Brooklyn, NY  
 
Rev. Dr. Christopher East  
Co-Pastor  
Epiphany Presbyterian Church  
 
Emily Eastwood  
Executive Director  
Lutherans Concerned/North America  
 
Rev. Terri Echelbarger  
Peninsula Metropolitan Community Church  
San Mateo, CA  
 
Rev. Lynn Chester Edwards  
Retired Episcopal Priest  
Diocese of Pittsburgh, PA  
 
Rev. Paul W. Egertson, Ph.D.  
Bishop Emeritus  
Southwest California Synod  
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America  
 
Rev. Ken Ehrke  
Senior Pastor  
Agape Metropolitan Community Church  
Fort Worth, TX  
 
Rev. John A. Ekman  
Presbyterian and New England Congregational Church  
Saratoga Springs, NY  
 
Rev. Marvin M. Ellison, Ph.D.  
Willard S. Bass Professor of Christian Ethics  
Bangor Theological Seminary  
Portland, ME  
 
Christine Emery  
Pilgrim Congregational Church  
Lexington, MA  
 
Rev. Mary-Lu' Esposito  
Rindge, NH  
 
Rev. Allen W. Farabee  
Director  
The Religion and Human Rights Project  
Buffalo, NY  
 
Rev. Jill Farnham, M.Div.  
Co-pastor  
Metropolitan Community Church of the Hudson Valley  
 
Rev. John T. Farrell, Ph.D.  
Rector  
Christ Church Bay Ridge  
Brooklyn, NY  
 
Rev. Jerre W. Feagin  
Rector  
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church  
North Tonawanda, NY  
 
Rev. Dr. Terry Fitzgerald  
Pastor  
United Congregational Church United Church of Christ  
Worcester, MA  
 
Rev. David K. Fly  
Episcopal priest (retired)  
Rolla, MO  
 
Rev. Ann Fontain  
Diocese of Wyoming, WY  
The Episcopal Church  
 
Rev. Dr. John C. Forney  
Episcopal  
Coordinator, Common Ground and Special Projects  
Progressive Christians Uniting  
Chino, CA  
 
Rev. Anne C Fowler  
Rector  
St John's Episcopal Church  
Jamaica Plain, MA  
 
Rev. Robert Gamble  
Retired Elder  
Minnesota Annual Conference United Methodist Church  
Faith Family Fairness Alliance  
 
Rev. J. Michael Garrison, D. D.  
Bishop of the Episcop Diocese of Western New York  
Buffalo, NY  
 
Rev. Christopher George.  
Metropolitan Community Church Lubbock  
Lubbock, TX  
 
Rev. David Gillentine  
Associate Pastor  
Metropolitan Community Church of Las Vegas  
Las Vegas, NV  
 
Rev. Robert Jay Ginn, Jr  
The Oratory of St. Francis (Episcopal)  
Templeton, MA  
 
Rev. Katharine Givens Kime  
Trinity Presbyterian Church  
Atlanta, GA  
 
Rev. Todd I. Goewey  
Staff Clergy  
Metropolitan Community Church of Tampa  
Tampa, FL  
 
Rev. Harry T. Grace, Jr.  
Executive Director  
Happening National Incorporated a ministry of The Episcopal Church for high school students  
 
Rev. G. Green  
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church  
Kenosha, WI  
 
Rev. Louise Green  
Director of Social Justice Ministries  
All Souls Unitarian, Washington, D.C.  
 
Rev. Lowell E. Grisham  
Rector  
St. Paul's Episcopal Church  
Fayetteville, AR  
 
Rev. Lauren A. Gough  
The Caritas Community  
Binghamton, NY  
 
Rev. Edgar A. Gutiérrez-Duarte  
Associate Rector  
St. Paul's Episcopal Church  
Paterson, NJ  
 
Rev. Debra W. Haffner  
Religious Institute  
Norwalk, CT  
 
Rev. Susan Halcomb Craig  
Honorably Retired  
Presbyterian Church  
 
Scott Haldeman  
PhD, Assistant Professor of Worship  
Chicago Theological Seminary  
Chicago, IL  
 
Rev. C. Melissa Hall  
All Saints Episcopal Parish of Hoboken  
Hoboken, NJ  
 
Nancy A. Hardesty  
Professor of Religion  
Clemson University  
Clemson, SC  
 
Douglas Harding-Elder  
Faith Full Gospel Fellowship  
Castro Valley, CA  
 
Rev. Michael E. Hartney  
Priest in Charge  
Episcopal Parishes of Schuyler County, NY  
 
Rev. Dr. Stan Hastey  
Executive Director  
Alliance of Baptists  
Washington, D.C.  
 
Rev. Margaret R. Hawk  
Pastor  
New Creation Metropolitan Community Church  
Columbus, OH  
 
Dr. Holly E. Hearon  
Prof. of New Testament  
Christian Theological Seminary  
Indianapolis, IN  
 
Rev. Pat Hendrickson  
 
Rev. John Mark Hild  
Pastor  
Metropolitan Community Church of Pueblo Colorado  
Colorado, CO  
 
Lida I. Hill  
Leader for Wonderful Wednesday Worship at Grace by Day  
Birmingham, AL  
 
Rev. John B. Hills  
Priest (retired)  
The Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan  
Grand Haven, MI  
 
Rev. Canon Jack Hilyard  
Trinity Cathedral  
Portland, OR  
 
Rev. Malcolm Himschoot  
UCC  
Plymouth Congregational Church  
Minneapolis, MN  
 
Rev. Dr. Judith Hoch Wray  
Minister Elder  
Park Avenue Christian Church,  
New York, NY  
 
Rev. Virginia Holleman  
The Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration  
Dallas, TX  
 
Rev. Michael W. Hopkins  
Rector  
The Episcopal Church of St. Luke & St. Simon Cyrene  
Rochester, NY  
 
Rev. D. Scott Howell, Sr. Pastor  
First Congregational Church of Montclair, NJ  
 
Mary E. Hunt  
Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER)  
Silver Spring, MD  
 
Rev. Michael Hydes  
New Light Metropolitan Community Church  
Hagerstown, MD  
 
Rev. Canon John X. Jobson  
Retired Priest  
Diocese of Long Island, NY  
 
Rev. Patricia Johnson  
Deacon  
Episcopal Diocese of Iowa  
Sioux City, IA  
 
Rev. Jonalu Johnstone  
Minister  
First Unitarian Church in Oklahoma City  
President, Interweave Continental  
 
Rev. John M. Kauffman  
Christ the Shepherd Lutheran Church  
Altadena, CA  
 
Martha S. Kimball  
Member of Church Council and Former Chair and  
Current member of the Open and Affirming Committee  
Pilgrim Congregational Church UCC  
Lexington, MA  
 
Rev. John L. Kirkley  
Rector  
The Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist  
San Francisco, CA  
 
Harry Knox  
Director of Religion and Faith Program  
Human Rights Campaign Foundation  
Washington, DC  
 
Rev. Dan Koeshall  
Pastor  
Pikes Peak Metropolitan Community Church  
Colorado Springs, CO  
 
Rev. Drew A. Kovach  
MD, MDiv.  
Fellowship of Saints Cosmas & Damien  
New Catholic Communion  
Honolulu, HI  
 
Rev. Peter Laarman  
Executive Director  
Progressive Christians Uniting  
Los Angeles, CA  
 
Rev. Ronald G. LaRocque  
Interim Pastor  
Holy Covenant Metropolitan Community Church  
Brookfield, IL  
 
Rev. Martin Lawrence  
Priest-in-Charge  
Church of England Parish of Cranham  
Diocese of Chelmsford, MA  
 
Robert Leckey  
Archdeacon of Undermount  
Diocese of Niagara  
Rector  
Church of the Redeemer  
Stoney Creek, Ontario  
 
Geoff D. Leonard-Robinson  
Senior Minister  
St. Luke's Metropolitan Community Church  
Jacksonville, FL  
 
Steven Leonard-Robinson  
Member  
St. Luke's Metropolitan Community Church  
Jacksonville, FL  
 
Rev. Joanne Leslie, Deacon  
Holy Faith Episcopal Church  
Inglewood, CA  
 
Rev. David T. Lewicki  
Associate Minister  
Marble Collegiate Church  
New York, NY  
 
Rev. Kate Lewis  
St. Cross by-the-Sea Episcopal Church  
Hermosa Beach, CA  
 
John M. Lewis, Senior Warden  
St. Paul's Episcopal Church  
Fayetteville, AR  
 
Rev. W. Wayne Lindsey  
Senior Pastor  
Metropolitan Community Church of Las Vegas  
Las Vegas, NV  
 
Rev. Arthur S. Lloyd  
Retired Priest  
Episcopal Church  
Member, Episcopal Network for Economic Justice and Episcopal Urban Caucus, OH  
 
Carol Lowe  
Clergy Intern  
Peninsula Metropolitan Community Church  
San Mateo, CA  
 
Rev. Ms. Vanessa L. Lovelace  
 
Rev. Sandra R. Mackie  
RN, MC  
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America  
 
Peter J. Madison  
St. John’s Episcopal Church  
Union City, NJ  
 
Rev. Dr. Jerry S. Maneker  
 
Bruce Kent Mason  
MSW  
Western Regional Vice President  
Integrity, Inc.  
SS Peter and Paul Episcopal Church  
Portland, OR  
 
C. Lee MacCallum  
Pastor  
Olivet Presbyterian Church  
Staten Island, NY  
 
Rev. Wayne MacPherson  
Pastor, Bethlehem United Church of Christ  
Chicago, IL  
 
Rev. Lou McAlister East  
Co-Pastor  
Epiphany Presbyterian Church  
 
Rev. Richard W. McCarty  
Moderator  
Holy Relationships  
 
Rev.Deacon Leann P. McConchie  
Episcopal Diocese of Western New York, ECUSA  
 
Rev. Janet McCune Edwards, Ph.D.  
Pittsburgh, PA  
 
The Rev. Deacon Marla McGarry-Lawrence  
St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church  
Portland, Oregon  
 
Rev. Joseph McGowan  
Pastor, Altadena Community Church  
United Church of Christ  
Altadena, CA  
 
Rev. Colleen McHale O'Connor  
St. Mark's Episcopal Church  
LeRoy, NY  
 
Rev. Jack McKinney  
Pastor  
Pullen Memorial Baptist Church  
Raleigh, NC  
 
Rev. Jeremy McLeod, Pastor  
Wellspring United Church of Christ  
Centreville, Virginia  
 
Rev. Bradley E. Mickelson, Pastor  
New Spirit Community Church in Oak Park, IL  
 
Rev. Terri Miller Senior Pastor  
Valley Ministries Metropolitan Community Church  
 
Rev. Babs Miller  
That All May Freely Serve, TX  
 
Rev. Ronald H. Miller, Ph. D.  
Episcopal priest (retired)  
St. Katherine of Alexandria Episcopal Church  
Diocese of Maryland. MD  
 
Rev. Edward J. Mills III  
Episcopal priest, Kingsport, TN  
 
Rev. Albert N. Minor  
Ecumenical Officer  
Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee  
 
Rev. Charles Mitchell, PhD.  
Parish Associate  
First Presbyterian Church in the City of New York  
 
Pastor Robert L. Morgan  
Founding Pastor, Potter's House Fellowship Church  
Co-founder, Reconciling Pentecostals International  
Tampa, FL  
 
Bonnie Moore  
Deacon  
Church of the Trinity Metropolitan Community Church  
Sarasota, FL  
 
Rev. Paul E. Mullins  
Pastor  
Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church  
San Francisco, CA  
 
Rev. Wes Mullins, Assistant Pastor  
Metropolitan Community Church of Portland  
 
Rev. Thomas E. Murphy  
Retired Episcopal priest  
Ashland, OR  
 
Rev. Robyn A. Murphy  
Pastor of Christian Education  
All God's Children Metropolitan Community Church  
Minneapolis, MN  
 
Rev. Dr. Max A. Myers  
Episcopal Priest in the Diocese of Western New York  
 
Rev. Dr. Alex Nagy  
 
Rev. Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock  
Director, Faith Voices for the Common Good  
Member First Congregational Church Berkeley, CA  
 
Rev. Russell A. Newbert  
Church of the Ascension  
Buffalo, NY  
 
Canon Richard T. Nolan, Ph.D.  
Retired Priest-in-Residence  
Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church  
Lake Worth, FL  
 
Fr. Steve Norcross  
Episcopal priest in Portland, Oregon  
 
Rev. David Norgard  
Principal  
West Hollywood, CA  
 
Rev. William J. Nottingham, Ph.D.,  
President Emeritus  
Division of Overseas Ministries, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the US and Canada  
 
Rev. Dr. Kenneth H. Orth  
United Church of Christ Minister with Standing in the Metropolitan Boston Association of the United Church of Christ  
Member of Old South Church in Boston  
Boston, MA  
 
Rev. Canon Ronald D. Osborne  
Episcopal Church, Diocese of Iowa  
 
Dr. Jane Park Cutler  
Chair, Social Justice Committee  
St. Luke's United Methodist Church  
Indianapolis, IN  
 
Rev. Dr. Janet L. Parker  
Pastor for Parish Life  
Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ  
Atlanta, GA  
 
Rev. Edward J. Peck, Jr.  
Episcopal Priest, retired  
 
Rev. Ken Pennings  
Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists  
Madison, WI  
 
Rev. Thomas J. Philipp  
Old South Haven Presbyterian Church  
Brookhaven, NY  
 
Rev. Mark Pridmore  
Pastor  
Eternal Joy Metropolitan Community Church  
Dayton, OH  
 
Don Portwood  
Pastor and on behalf of Lyndale United Church of Christ  
Minneapolis, MN  
 
Rev. Dusty Pruitt, D. Min.  
Minister, United Church of Christ  
 
Rev. Marge Ragona  
Pastor  
Bethel – A House of God for All People  
Birmingham, AL  
 
Annie Rawlings  
M.Div.  
Interim Associate Executive Presbyter for Social Witness  
Presbytery of New York City  
New York, NY  
 
Rev. Michael F. Ray  
Rector  
St. Thomas's Episcopal Church  
New Haven, CT  
 
The Rev. Rodney Reinhart  
Rector of St. Clement's Episcopal Church  
Harvey Illinois  
Vicar of St. Joseph/St. Aidan's Episcopal Church  
Blue Island ,IL  
 
Nigel A. Renton  
Secretary of Convention and Lay Deputy  
Diocese of California, CA  
 
David Reppert  
Moderator, Philadelphia Association  
United Church of Christ  
 
The Rev. Canon Virginia Rex Day  
Rector  
Trinity Episcopal Church  
Mt. Pocono, PA  
 
C. Jack Richards  
Interim Conference Minister  
Florida Conference of the United Church of Christ  
 
Rev. Alex L. Richardson  
Unitarian Universalist Church of Greensboro  
Jamestown, NC  
 
Rev. Becky Robbins-Penniman  
Lamb of God Church  
Fort Myers, FL  
 
Rev. V. Gene Robinson  
Bishop of New Hampshire  
The Episcopal Church  
 
Stephen P. Rockwell  
Managing Director  
CrossLeft  
 
Rev. Susan Russell  
All Saints Episcopal Church  
Pasadena, CA  
 
Rev. John A. Russell  
Vicar  
St. Patrick's Episcopal Church  
Cheektowaga, NY  
 
Rev. Barbara S. Sagat  
Metropolitan Community Churches  
Waterville, MA  
 
Rev. Jason W. Samuel  
Transfiguration Episcopal Church  
Lake St. Louis, MO  
 
Rev. Hugh Sanborn  
Fort Collins, CO  
 
Rev. Sarah Sanderson Doughty  
Pastor  
First Presbyterian Church of Lowville, NY  
 
Barbara Satin  
Former Moderator  
United Church of Christ Coalition for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns  
 
Rev. Paulette T. Schiff  
Priest in the Episcopal Church  
Long Island, NY  
 
Rev. Mike Schuenemeyer  
Executive  
Health and Wholeness Advocacy  
Wider Church Ministries  
United Church of Christ  
Cleveland, OH  
 
Rev. Kay Seitz  
Metropolitan Community Church of Greater Dallas  
Denton, TX  
 
Bishop John Selders, Jr.  
Pastor  
Amistad United Church of Christ  
Bishop Presider – The Interdenominational Conference of Liberation Congregations and Ministries, Inter'l (ICLCM)  
 
Rev. David Selzer  
The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd  
Buffalo, NY  
 
Rev. Glenna T. Shepherd  
Senior Minister  
Metropolitan Community Church of Portland  
Portland, OR  
 
Most Rev. Mark S. Shirilau, Ph.D.  
Archbishop and Primate  
The Ecumenical Catholic Church  
Irvine, CA  
 
Gordon L. Shull  
Elder  
First Presbyterian Church of Wooster, OH  
 
Rev. Dr. Candace R. Shultis  
Metropolitan Community Church  
Washington, DC  
 
Rev. William G. Sinkford  
President  
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations  
 
Rev. Doreen Smalls  
Pastor  
St. Mary's Circuit of The United Methodist Church  
 
Rev. Robert R. Smith  
Rector  
Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion  
Norwood, NJ  
 
Rev. Robert R. Smith  
Rector  
Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion  
Norwood, NJ  
 
Rev. Christopher A. Smith  
Albany Via Media Board  
St. Ann's Episcopal Church  
Amsterdam, NY  
 
Rev. Trudie Smither  
St. Christopher's Episcopal Church  
Dallas, TX  
 
Rev. Stephen B. Snider  
The Episcopal Church  
 
Dr. Jennifer Snow  
Associate Director  
Progressive Christians Uniting  
Los Angeles, CA  
 
Rev. Tim Solon  
M.Div.  
Rector Emeritus  
St. Christopher's Episcopal Church  
Cheyenne, WY  
 
Rev. Danny Spears  
MDiv.  
Pastor  
Metropolitan Community Church of Corpus Christi  
Corpus Christi, TX  
 
Rev. Daniel Stern  
Pastor  
Broadview Community United Church of Christ  
Seattle, WA  
 
Rev.Robert E. Stiefel, Ph.D.  
St. Thomas Episcopal Church  
Dover, NH  
 
Rev. Jennifer H. Stiefel, Ph.D.  
St. Thomas Episcopal Church  
Dover, NH  
 
Claire A. Stiles, Ph.D.  
Professor of Human Development  
Eckerd College  
St. Petersburg, FL  
 
Rev. Ralph W. Strohm  
St. Simon's Church  
Buffalo, NY  
 
Rev. Diane Souder  
Priest, Episcopal Church  
Diocese of Arizona  
 
Rev. Jean K. Southard  
Stated Supply Pastor  
First Presbyterian Church of Waltham, MA  
 
Rev. Marilyle Sweet Page  
St. Mark's & St. John's Episcopal Church  
Rochester, NY  
 
Rev. N. Sullivan  
Word of Fire Ministries  
Philadelphia, PA  
 
Rev. Charles R. Sydnor, Jr.  
Ecumenical and Interfaith Officer  
The Episcopal Diocese of Virginia  
 
Rev. Neil A. Tadken  
Assistant Rector  
St. James’ Church  
Los Angeles, CA  
 
Rev. Dr. Susan Thistlethwaite  
President and Professor of Theology  
Chicago Theological Seminary, IL  
 
Rev. Neil G Thomas  
Senior Pastor  
Metropolitan Community Church Los Angeles  
West Hollywood, CA  
 
Rev. Lisa A Thompson  
The Gathering Place Worship Center  
Austin, TX  
 
Sharon P. Troyer, Ph.D.  
Welcoming Community Network  
Independence, MO  
 
Jane Tully  
Clergy Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays  
New York, NY  
 
Rev. Karha` Us, MSN  
Co-pastor  
Metropolitan Community Church of the Hudson Valley, NY  
 
Rev. Charles Valenti-Hein  
Pastor, Memorial Presbyterian Church  
Appleton, WI  
 
Rev. Frieda Van Baalen Webb  
Associate, Saint David's Church  
West Seneca  
Episcopal Diocese of Western New York  
 
Rev. Mieke Vandersall  
Presbyterian Welcome  
New York, NY  
 
Rev. Rebecca Voelkel  
Program Director  
Institute for Welcoming Resources  
 
Rev. James W. Walkup  
Doctor of Ministry  
The Counseling Center  
The Reformed Church  
Bronxville, NY  
 
Rev. Paul E. Walker  
Vicar  
Christ Episcopal Church  
Belleville, NJ  
 
Rev. Gene Waller Owens  
Deacon  
Diocese of Atlanta, GA  
 
Rev. Stephen J Waller  
Rector  
St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church  
Dallas, TX  
 
Rev. Stephen J. Waller  
Rector  
The Episcopal Church of St. Thomas the Apostle  
Dallas, TX  
 
Rev. Kerry Walters  
Deacon  
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church  
Lewisburg, PA  
 
Rev. Canon Daniel S. Weir  
Rector  
Saint Matthias Episcopal Church  
East Aurora, NY  
 
Carole Weissman  
Deacon  
Church of the Trinity Metropolitan Community Church  
Sarasota, FL  
 
Nevin L. Wertenberger  
Metropolitan Church Ocala  
Ocala, FL  
 
Rev. Mona West, Ph.D.  
Pastor  
Church of the Trinity MCC  
Sarasota, FL  
 
Troy Wheelhouse  
MDiv.  
Atlanta, GA  
 
Rev. Stephen J. C. Williams  
Episcopal Church USA  
 
Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson  
Moderator  
Metropolitan Community Church  
 
Rev. Catherine Windsor  
The Episcopal Church USA  
 
Bonnie Winninger  
Waverly, IA  
 
Rev. Canon William L. Wipfler, Ph.D.  
Former Director of the Human Rights Office  
National Council of Churches USA;  
Former Associate for Human Rights  
Anglican Office at the United Nations  
 
Rev. R. Stewart Wood, Jr.  
Retired Episcopal Bishop, Diocese of Michigan  
Quechee, VT  
 
Dawnne Woodie  
Executive Director, Outreach Program for Transgenders In Crisis  
 
Rev. Thomas B. Woodward  
St. Bede's Episcopal Church  
Santa Fe, NM  
 
Rev. S. David Wynn  
Church of the Trinity Metropolitan Community Church  
Sarasota, FL  
 
OTHER:  
 
All Saints Episcopal Parish of Hoboken  
Hoboken, NJ  
 
Bethel – A House of God for All People  
Birmingham, AL  
 
Faith Family Fairness Alliance  
Minneapolis MN  
 
Glendale City Seventh-day Adventist Church, California  
Mitchell F. Henson, Senior Pastor  
Pastor Michael Quishenberry  
Pastor Denise Kasischke  
 
New Spirit Community Church  
Oak Park, IL  
 
Saint Augustine by-the-Sea Episcopal Church  
Santa Monica, CA  
 
 
St. Luke's Metropolitan Community Church  
Jacksonville, FL  
 
CC:  
 
His Excellency Olusegun Obasanjo, President of the Republic  
 
Senator Oserheimen Osunbor, Chairman, Senate Committee on Judiciary,  
 
Senator Julius Ucha, Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Judiciary  
 
Aminu Bello Masari, Speaker of the House of Representatives  
 
Honorable Bala Ibn Na' Allah, Chair, House Committee on the Judiciary  
 
Honorable Saudatu Sani, Chair, House Committee on Women Affairs and Youth  
 
Honorable Peter Igbodo, Chair, House Committee on Human Rights  
 
National Human Rights Commission  
 

 

 
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