WASHINGTON — The dean of Washington National Cathedral is calling homophobia a sin during a weekend of events devoted to gay youth at the church.
In a sermon Sunday, the Very Rev. Gary Hall said the church should have the courage to call homophobia and heterosexism a sin. He says “shaming people for whom they love is a sin.”
Hall spoke about the killing of gay college student Matthew Shepard 15 years ago this month in Wyoming and about Tyler Clementi, a gay student who committed suicide three years ago in New York City.
Hall also hosted a forum Sunday with Shepard’s mother, Judy Shepard, and with Clementi’s mother, Jane Clementi.
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Earlier this year, Hall announced the prominent Episcopal cathedral that often hosts national events would begin celebrating same-sex marriages.
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