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Del. church draws protest for sign opposing same-sex marriage

Saturday, April 27, 2013

BEAR, Del. — A sign at a Delaware church opposing same-sex marriage has been drawing national attention online.

The News Journal reports the sign outside Glasgow Church in New Castle County, Del., featured a play on the equal sign that’s become popular on social media to show support for same-sex marriage.

Glasgow Church in Bear, Del.

The church sign included a cross, then a “greater than” sign, followed by the equal sign.

A picture of the sign posted on Twitter drew attention from bloggers and thousands of comments.

Senior Pastor Chuck Betters says the church’s intended message was that “the cross of Jesus Christ is greater than any ideology.”

But he says it was misinterpreted as a political statement against gay people. He removed the sign in a day and called it a mistake.

Last week, the Delaware House of Representatives approved a bill to legalize same-sex marriage. The measure, introduced less than two weeks ago, and a little more than a year after Delaware first began recognizing same-sex civil unions, now heads to the state Senate.

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15 more reader comments:

  1. I don’t care what the pastor says… I see the sign and see a statement that Christianity is greater than equality.

    Posted on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 10:20am
  2. and people wonder why i lost faith in christians…. >_>

    Posted on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 10:23am
  3. That is complete bullshit. That sign was up during the week Delaware introduced our marriage equality bill. Not to mention, they have complete control over what the board says, and what color the text/background is. I don’t think that Red and White were coincidental.

    Posted on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 10:26am
  4. Yes Andrew – that’s what I see, too >.<

    Posted on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 10:26am
  5. Wow, guys. Really? Your god is more important than equality?

    Posted on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 10:27am
  6. arrogance is not the property of one religion alone.

    Posted on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 10:28am
  7. Entitled to their opinion, but no need to advertise. This is “supppose” to be a church.

    Posted on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 10:42am
  8. Hate it when people push their religious views on others.

    Posted on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 10:49am
  9. Why do churches worry about same-sex marriage so much. Take the Mormon church, for instance, that spent millions in California in the fight over Prop 8. Think about how many missionaries could have been funded, or how many hungry mouths could have been fed…interesting to think about o.O

    Posted on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 10:56am
  10. Following their logic, Christ is greater than their fight against marriage equality. Therefore, they are contradicting their own rule by NOT putting Christ first.

    Posted on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 11:07am
  11. How about a sign saying god loves us all equally?

    Posted on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 11:43am
  12. Bigots…plain and simple.

    Posted on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 12:28pm
  13. never did understand algebra signs

    Posted on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 1:03pm
  14. EPIC ‘FAIL’!

    Posted on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 1:23pm
  15. Bigots!!

    Posted on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 8:42pm