BY DIANA MOSKOVITZ
People must ''rescue the Bible from the religious right'' and fight for civil rights to be extended to everyone, including gays and lesbians, the first openly gay Episcopal bishop said Tuesday night.
Gene Robinson, the Episcopal bishop of New Hampshire, told a crowd of about 150 people at Nova Southeastern University's Shepard Broad Law Center in Davie that society suffers from a system set up to benefit heterosexual couples, which he called ``heterosexism.''
Only straight couples can marry in most states. In the military, gays and lesbians work under a ''don't ask, don't tell'' policy.
And that system needs to end, Robinson said.
''We have lost the distinction between what the state does and what the church and synagogue does,'' Robinson said.
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