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New Zealand church protest over anti-gay discrimination beckons vandals

New Zealand church protest over anti-gay discrimination beckons vandals

A church in Auckland, New Zealand, has come under attack from vandals after it put up a “gay-dar” billboard on Friday depicting a spectrum from gay to straight, with a cross acting as a gauge.

But on Saturday, someone ripped the cross from the billboard.

The church, St. Matthew In The City, is known for stirring debate, and had hoped the billboard would call attention to discrimination in the Anglican Church against members of the gay and lesbian community.

A caption at the bottom of the billboard states: “As used by the Anglican Church to assess potential priests.”

New Zealand Anglican bishops refuse to consider any candidate for ordination who is gay or lesbian and in a committed relationship.

St Matthew’s is running an online petition asking the Anglican Church to stop this practice.

An online petition has been launched by Rev. Clay Nelson, which asks the Anglican Church to stop refusing ordination to anyone from the LGBT community or those in committed relationships.

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