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Omaha-Area Ministers Reach Out to Gay Community

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OMAHA, Neb.  Dozens of Omaha-area Christian ministers are reaching out to the gay community by signing a proclamation that includes an apology to the gay community.

The Rev. Eric Elnes, minister at Countryside Community Church, came up with the idea. He tells Omaha television station KETV that more than 100 ordained Christian ministers have signed the proclamation, including leaders from Lutheran, Episcopalian, United Church of Christ, Methodist and Presbyterian churches.

The proclamation calls for an end to religious and civil discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Area ministers publicly unveiled the proclamation on Wednesday evening at the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge in Omaha.

Elnes says the proclamation was created because he and others “were just fed up with the popular notion that the Christian point of view is anti-gay.”

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