Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Letter from Christian leaders in condemnation of Nigerian legislation

February 27, 2007

Honorable Senator Ken Nnamani
President of the Senate
Owa Building
Enugu South, Enugu State
Via email:

Honorable Senator Ibrahim Mantu
Deputy President of Senate
Panshin Road Opposite Mangu Local Government Secretariat
Mangu, Plateau
Via email:

Honorable Senator Nnamani and Honorable Senator Mantu:

It has been called to our attention that a bill now before the National Assembly would strip a section of the Nigerian people of their basic human rights. The Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act 2006 goes far beyond banning equality in civil marriage. It is an assault on everyone's basic freedoms. As leaders of faith communities, we believe that respecting the dignity of every human being is a core spiritual value. We urge you as civic leaders to respect human dignity by rejecting this bill.

The bill says that the law will provide five years imprisonment to anyone who "goes through the ceremony of marriage with a person of the same sex," helps or supports a same sex marriage, or "is involved in the registration of gay clubs, societies and organizations, sustenance, procession or meetings, publicity and public show of same sex amorous relationship directly or indirectly in public and in private." It will also prohibit adoption of children by lesbian or gay couples or individuals. Arresting people for these acts challenges fundamental freedoms under the Nigerian Constitution and international human rights law and standards, including the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights.

This proposed legislation also hurts Nigeria in its struggle to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS. This bill would drive part of the population deeper into invisibility and silence-cutting them off from any sort of education concerning how to protect themselves from HIV/AIDS.

The African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights affirms the equality of all people. The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which Nigeria acceded to in 1993, protects the rights to freedom of expression, freedom of conscience, freedom of assembly and freedom of association. The United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Defenders says that "everyone has the right, individually and in association with others, at the national and international levels: a) to meet or assemble peacefully; b) to form, join and participate in non-governmental organizations, associations or groups."

Most importantly, this bill would strike at the equality, dignity and respect due all people in Nigeria. As faith leaders we are committed to building bridges of understanding across divides of difference. We believe all people of faith are called to work together for a world of justice, peace and equality. We urge you to resist the polarizing rhetoric of some narrow, religious ideologues and instead affirm the fundamental values of freedom reflected in the Nigerian Constitution.

We are asking that you oppose this bill and protect the equality of all Nigerians. Your assistance is necessary in order to overcome the discrimination that takes place in the world today. We are depending on you to do all you can to prevent this bill from being passed and to take a stand for the basic human rights of all people.


Rev. Dyan Abena McCray
Founding Pastor of Unity Fellowship Church
A Member of the Unity Fellowship Church Christian Movement
Washington, DC

Rev. Paul R. Abernathy
Rector, St. Mark's Episcopal Church
Capitol Hill
Washington, DC

Jonathan Abernethy
Assistant to the Executive Officer
Episcopal Diocese of California
San Francisco CA

Rev. Elder Arlene Ackerman
Metropolitan Community Church of New York
Landisville, PA

Rev. Dr. Jane Adams Spahr
That All May Freely Serve
San Rafael, California

Rev. Elizabeth Alexander
The Church of Gethsemane
Brooklyn, NY

Rev. Donna E. Allen
Founder and Pastor, Ph.D.
New Revelation Community Church
Oakland, CA

Rev. Dr. Robert C. Angus
Parish Associate, Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church
Washington, DC

Rev. Dr. Randall C. Bailey
Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Hebrew Bible
Interdenominational Theological Center
Atlanta, GA USA

George Balgan
Metropolitan Community Church of Las Vegas
Las Vegas, Nevada

Rev. Earl David Ball
Ordained Minister in the United Church of Christ, USA
Easton, Pennsylvania

Rev. Canon Michael Barlowe
The Episcopal Diocese of California
San Francisco, CA USA

Rev. Anne K. Bartlett
Rector, Trinity Episcopal Church
Ashland, Oregon USA

William Bartosh and Anthony Saponate
Lay Vicars
St Matthew's Episcopal Church
San Ardor, CA

Rev. Karen Bear Ride
Presbyterian Church (USA)

Rev. Joan Van Becelaere
Vice President for Student Services
The Iliff School of Theology
Denver, Colorado

Rev. Michel Belt
St. James Church,
New London, CT, USA

Rev. Wilfredo Benitez
St. Anselm of Canterbury Episcopal Church
Garden Grove, California

Rev. J. Brad Benson
Rector, St. Thomas' Church and Vicar
Church of the Good Shepherd
Bath, NY USA

Rev. James N. Birkitt, Jr.
Communications Director
Metropolitan Community Churches

Rev. Susan N. Blue
St. Margarets Episcopal Church
Washington, DC

Rev.Teresa T. Bowden
Wahiawa, HI

Rev. Polly M. Bowen
Diocesan Coordinator
Education for Ministry, Diocese of Western New York

Rev. John Paul Boyer,
M.V.D., M.Div., M.A.(Oxon
Rector, St David's Episcopal Church, West Seneca, NY,
Bishop's Theologian, The Episcopal Diocese of Western New York,
Ecumenical & Interfaith Officer, The Episcopal Diocese of Western New York

John Clinton Bradley

Rev. Wayne T. Bradley
Minister of Music
The First Congregational Church of Forest Glen
United Church of Christ
Chicago, IL

Rev. Pamela C. Braid
United Church of Christ.
Orlando, FL

Rev. Judith Brain
Pilgrim United Church of Christ
Lexington, Massachusetts, USA

Rev. Elder Lillie Brock
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches - Region 7

Rev. Dr. Ken Brooker Langston
Director, Disciples Justice Action Network

Rev.Lea D. Brown
Wichita Falls Metropolitan Community Church
Wichita Falls, KS, USA

Rev. M. F. Buckingham
St. Peter's Episcopal
Niagara Falls, New York

Rev. Pat Bumgardner
Senior Pastor
Metropolitan Community Church of New York

Rev. Felix A. Burrows, Jr.
Presbyterian Church (USA)
Washington, DC

Rev. Laine Calloway
Diocese of WNC
Chair of Gay and Lesbian Ministries

Rev. Dr. Phil Campbell
Iliff School of Theology
Denver, CO

Greg Carey
Associate Professor
Lancaster, PA

Rev. Lee J. Carlton
Senior Pastor
Cornerstone Metro Community Church of Mobile

Rev. Michelle Carmody
Metropolitan Community Church

Rev. Dr. Mari E. Castellanos
Public Life and Social Policy Office
United Church of Christ

Rev. Ignacio Castuera
Pastor, United Methodist Church

Right Reverend John Bryson Chane
Eighth Bishop of Washington
Episcopal Diocese of Washington

Rev. Otis Charles
Bishop of Utah (retired)
San Francisco, CA

Beryl T. Choi
Priest in the Episcopal Church of the USA

Rev. Dr. Ken Clark
Retired Canon Theologian and sometimes dean,
St. John's Episcopal Cathedral
Albuquerque, NM

Rev. Dr. Deborah L. Clark
Ordained Minister in the United Church of Christ,
Pastor of Edwards UCC
Framingham, MA

Rev. James A Clark Jr,
Indianapolis, IN, USA

Lars Clausen
Ordained Lutheran Pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Rev. Pamela Cooper-White, Ph.D.
Professor of Pastoral Theology
Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia
and Adjunct Priest
St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church, Philadelphia

Rev. Colin Coward
Director of Changing Attitude England

Jimmy Creech
Executive Director
Faith In America, Inc.
Raleigh, North Carolina

Rev. Laurie Crelly
United Church of Christ
White Bear Lake, MN

Rev. Karen Curtis-Weakley

Rev. Richard L Dalton
Metropolitan Community Church of the Sierras
Reno, Nevada, USA

Rev. Martha Daniels
Metropolitan Community Church - Windsor
Windsor, ON, Canada

Rev. Ann B. Day
ONA Program Coordinator
UCC Coalition for LGBT Concerns

Rev. Susan G. De George
South Presbyterian Church
Dobbs Ferry, NY

Rev. Maureen Doherty
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
Waverly, Iowa

Rev. Philip W. Dougharty
St. John's Grace Episcopal Church
Buffalo, New York

Rev. Dr. Stanley L. Dull
The Church of the Epiphany
Cape Coral, Florida 33950

Rev. David W. Dyson
Lafayette Ave. Presbyterian Church
Brooklyn, New York

Rev. Dr. Christopher East
Epiphany Presbyterian Church

Emily Eastwood
Executive Director
Lutherans Concerned/North America

Rev. Terri Echelbarger
Peninsula Metropolitan Community Church
San Mateo, CA

Rev. Lynn Chester Edwards
Retired Episcopal priest
Diocese of Pittsburgh.

Rev. Paul W. Egertson, Ph.D.
Bishop Emeritus
Southwest California Synod
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Rev. Ken Ehrke
Senior Pastor
Agape Metropolitan Community Church
Fort Worth, Texas USA

Rev. John A. Ekman
Presbyterian and New England Congregational Church
Saratoga Springs, NY

Rev. Marvin M. Ellison, Ph.D.
Willard S. Bass Professor of Christian Ethics
Bangor Theological Seminary
Portland, Maine

Christine Emery
Pilgrim Congregational Church
Lexington, MA

Rev. Mary-Lu' Esposito
Rindge, NH

Rev. Allen W. Farabee
The Religion and Human Rights Project
Buffalo, NY

Rev. Jill Farnham, M.Div.
Metropolitan Community Church of the Hudson Valley

Rev. John T. Farrell, Ph.D.
Christ Church Bay Ridge
Brooklyn, NY

Rev. Jerre W. Feagin
St. Mark's Episcopal Church
North Tonawanda, NY

Rev. Dr. Terry Fitzgerald
United Congregational Church United Church of Christ
Worcester, Massachusetts

Rev. David K. Fly
Episcopal priest (retired)
Rolla, Missouri

Rev. Ann Fontain
Diocese of Wyoming, USA
The Episcopal Church

Rev. Dr. John C. Forney
Coordinator, Common Ground and Special Projects
Progressive Christians Uniting
Chino, CA

Rev. Anne C Fowler
St John's Episcopal Church
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Rev. Robert Gamble
Retired Elder
Minnesota Annual Conference United Methodist Church
Faith Family Fairness Alliance

Rev. J. Michael Garrison, D. D.
Bishop of the Episcop Diocese of Western New York
Buffalo, New York, USA

Rev. Christopher George.
Metropolitan Community Church Lubbock
Lubbock, Texas

Rev. David Gillentine
Associate Pastor
Metropolitan Community Church of Las Vegas
Nevada, USA

Rev. Robert Jay Ginn, Jr
The Oratory of St. Francis (Episcopal)
Templeton, MA

Rev. Katharine Givens Kime
Trinity Presbyterian Church,
Atlanta, GA, USA

Rev. Todd I. Goewey
Staff Clergy
Metropolitan Community Church of Tampa
Tampa, Florida USA

Rev. Harry T. Grace, Jr.
Executive Director,
Happening National Incorporated a ministry of The Episcopal Church for high school students

Rev. G. Green
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
Kenosha, WI

Rev. Louise Green
Director of Social Justice Ministries
All Souls Unitarian, Washington, D.C.

Rev. Lowell E. Grisham
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Fayetteville, Arkansas

Rev. Lauren A. Gough
The Caritas Community
Binghamton, NY

Rev. Edgar A. Gutiérrez-Duarte
Associate Rector
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Paterson, NJ

Rev. Debra W. Haffner
Religious Institute
Norwalk, CT

Rev. Susan Halcomb Craig
Honorably Retired
Presbyterian Church (USA)

Scott Haldeman,
PhD, Assistant Professor of Worship
Chicago Theological Seminary
Chicago, Illinois

Rev. C. Melissa Hall
All Saints Episcopal Parish of Hoboken
Hoboken, NJ

Nancy A. Hardesty
Professor of Religion
Clemson University
Clemson, SC, USA

Douglas Harding-Elder
Faith Full Gospel Fellowship
Castro Valley, CA

Rev. Michael E. Hartney
Priest in Charge
Episcopal Parishes of Schuyler County, NY

Rev. Dr. Stan Hastey
Executive Director
Alliance of Baptists
Washington, D.C.

Rev. Margaret R. Hawk
New Creation Metropolitan Community Church
Columbus, OH, USA

Dr. Holly E. Hearon
Prof. of New Testament
Christian Theological Seminary
Indianapolis, IN

Rev. Pat Hendrickson

Rev. John Mark Hild
Metropolitan Community Church of Pueblo Colorado USA

Lida I. Hill
Leader for Wonderful Wednesday Worship at Grace by Day
Birmingham, AL, USA

Rev. John B. Hills
Priest (retired)
The Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan
Grand Haven, MI

Rev. Canon Jack Hilyard
Trinity Cathedral
Portland, Oregon USA

Rev. Malcolm Himschoot
Plymouth Congregational Church
Minneapolis, MN

Rev. Dr. Judith Hoch Wray
Minister Elder
Park Avenue Christian Church,
New York, NY

Rev. Virginia Holleman
The Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration
Dallas, TX

Rev. Michael W. Hopkins
The Episcopal Church of St. Luke & St. Simon Cyrene
Rochester, NY

Rev. D. Scott Howell, Sr. Pastor
First Congregational Church of Montclair, NJ

Mary E. Hunt
Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER)
Silver Spring, MD, USA

Rev. Michael Hydes
New Light Metropolitan Community Church
Hagerstown, MD

Rev. Canon John X. Jobson
Retired Priest
Diocese of Long Island, NY

Rev. Patricia Johnson
Episcopal Diocese of Iowa
Sioux City, Iowa

Rev. Jonalu Johnstone
First Unitarian Church in Oklahoma City
President, Interweave Continental

Rev. John M. Kauffman
Christ the Shepherd Lutheran Church
Altadena, California

Martha S. Kimball
Member of Church Council and Former Chair and
Current member of the Open and Affirming Committee
Pilgrim Congregational Church UCC
Lexington, MA

Rev. John L. Kirkley
The Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist
San Francisco, CA

Harry Knox
Director of Religion and Faith Program
Human Rights Campaign Foundation
Washington, DC

Rev. Dan Koeshall
Pikes Peak Metropolitan Community Church
Colorado Springs, CO USA

Rev. Drew A. Kovach
MD, MDiv.
Fellowship of Saints Cosmas & Damien,
New Catholic Communion,
Honolulu, HI

Rev. Peter Laarman
Executive Director
Progressive Christians Uniting
Los Angeles, CA

Rev. Ronald G. LaRocque
Interim Pastor
Holy Covenant Metropolitan Community Church
Brookfield, IL

Rev. Martin Lawrence
Church of England Parish of Cranham
Diocese of Chelmsford, MA

Robert Leckey,
Archdeacon of Undermount
Diocese of Niagara,
Church of the Redeemer
Stoney Creek, Ontario

Geoff D. Leonard-Robinson
Senior Minister
St. Luke's Metropolitan Community Church
Jacksonville, FL USA

Steven Leonard-Robinson
St. Luke's Metropolitan Community Church
Jacksonville, FL USA

Rev. Joanne Leslie, Deacon
Holy Faith Episcopal Church
Inglewood California

Rev. David T. Lewicki
Associate Minister
Marble Collegiate Church
New York, NY

Rev. Kate Lewis
St. Cross by-the-Sea Episcopal Church
Hermosa Beach, CA

John M. Lewis, Senior Warden
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Fayetteville, Arkansas

Rev. W. Wayne Lindsey
Senior Pastor
Metropolitan Community Church of Las Vegas

Rev. Arthur S. Lloyd
Retired priest
Episcopal Church
Member, Episcopal Network for Economic Justice and Episcopal Urban Caucus.

Carol Lowe
Clergy Intern
Peninsula Metropolitan Community Church
San Mateo, California, USA

Rev. Ms. Vanessa L. Lovelace

Rev. Sandra R. Mackie
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Peter J. Madison
St. John's Episcopal Church
Union City, NJ

Rev. Dr. Jerry S. Maneker

Bruce Kent Mason
Western Regional Vice President
Integrity, Inc.
SS Peter and Paul Episcopal Church
Portland, Oregon

C. Lee MacCallum
Olivet Presbyterian Church
Staten Island, NY

Rev. Wayne MacPherson
Pastor, Bethlehem United Church of Christ
Chicago, IL

Rev. Lou McAlister East
Epiphany Presbyterian Church

Rev. Richard W. McCarty
Holy Relationships

Rev.Deacon Leann P. McConchie
Episcopal Diocese of Western New York, ECUSA

Rev. Janet McCune Edwards, Ph.D.
Pittsburgh, PA USA

The Rev. Deacon Marla McGarry-Lawrence
St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church
Portland, Oregon

Rev. Joseph McGowan
Pastor, Altadena Community Church
United Church of Christ
Altadena, CA

The Rev Colleen McHale O'Connor
St. Mark's Episcopal Church
LeRoy, NY

Rev. Jack McKinney
Pullen Memorial Baptist Church
Raleigh, North Carolina

Rev. Jeremy McLeod, Pastor
Wellspring United Church of Christ
Centreville, Virginia

Rev. Bradley E. Mickelson, Pastor
New Spirit Community Church in Oak Park, Illinois

Rev. Terri Miller Senior Pastor
Valley Ministries Metropolitan Community Church

Rev. Babs Miller
That All May Freely Serve, Texas

The Rev. Ronald H. Miller, Ph. D.
Episcopal priest (retired)
St. Katherine of Alexandria Episcopal Church
Diocese of Maryland

The Rev. Edward J. Mills III
Episcopal priest, Kingsport, TN

The Rev. Albert N. Minor
Ecumenical Officer
Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee

Rev. Charles Mitchell, PhD.
Parish Associate
First Presbyterian Church in the City of New York

Pastor Robert L. Morgan
Founding Pastor, Potter's House Fellowship Church
Co-founder, Reconciling Pentecostals International
Tampa, FL

Bonnie Moore
Church of the Trinity Metropolitan Community Church
Sarasota, FL

Rev. Paul E. Mullins, pastor
Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church,
San Francisco, CA

Rev. Wes Mullins, Assistant Pastor
Metropolitan Community Church of Portland

Rev. Thomas E. Murphy
Retired Episcopal priest
Ashland, OR.

Rev. Robyn A. Murphy
Pastor of Christian Education
All God's Children Metropolitan Community Church
Minneapolis, MN

Rev. Dr. Max A. Myers
Episcopal Priest in the Diocese of Western New York

Rev. Dr. Alex Nagy

Rev. Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock
Director, Faith Voices for the Common Good
Member First Congregational Church Berkeley, CA

Rev. Russell A. Newbert
Church of the Ascension
Buffalo, NY 14209

Canon Richard T. Nolan, Ph.D.
Retired Priest-in-Residence
Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church
Lake Worth, FL

Fr. Steve Norcross
Episcopal priest in Portland, Oregon

The Rev. David Norgard
West Hollywood, CA

Rev. William J. Nottingham, Ph.D.,
President Emeritus
Division of Overseas Ministries, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the US and Canada

Rev. Dr. Kenneth H. Orth
United Church of Christ Minister with Standing in the Metropolitan Boston Association of the United Church of Christ
Member of Old South Church in Boston
Boston, Massachusetts

Rev. Canon Ronald D. Osborne
Episcopal Church, Diocese of Iowa

Dr. Jane Park Cutler
Chair, Social Justice Committee
St. Luke's United Methodist Church
Indianapolis, Indiana

Rev. Dr. Janet L. Parker
Pastor for Parish Life
Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ
Atlanta, GA

Rev. Edward J. Peck, Jr.
Episcopal Priest, retired

Rev. Ken Pennings
Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists
Madison, Wisconsin

Rev. Thomas J. Philipp
Old South Haven Presbyterian Church
Brookhaven, NY

Rev. Mark Pridmore
Eternal Joy Metropolitan Community Church
Dayton, OH

Don Portwood
Pastor and on behalf of Lyndale United Church of Christ
Minneapolis, MN

Rev. Dusty Pruitt, D. Min.
Minister, United Church of Christ

Rev. Marge Ragona
Bethel - A House of God for All People
Birmingham, AL

Annie Rawlings
Interim Associate Executive Presbyter for Social Witness
Presbytery of New York City
New York, NY

The Rev. Michael F. Ray
St. Thomas's Episcopal Church
New Haven, CT

The Rev. Rodney Reinhart
Rector of St. Clement's Episcopal Church
Harvey Illinois
Vicar of St. Joseph/St. Aidan's Episcopal Church
Blue Island ,IL

Nigel A. Renton
Secretary of Convention and Lay Deputy
Diocese of California

David Reppert,
Moderator, Philadelphia Association,
United Church of Christ

The Rev. Canon Virginia Rex Day
Trinity Episcopal Church
Mt. Pocono, PA

C. Jack Richards
Interim Conference Minister
Florida Conference of the United Church of Christ

Rev. Alex L. Richardson
Unitarian Universalist Church of Greensboro
Jamestown, NC

Rev. Becky Robbins-Penniman
Lamb of God Church
Fort Myers, FL

Rev. V. Gene Robinson
Bishop of New Hampshire
The Episcopal Church, USA

Stephen P. Rockwell
Managing Director

Rev. Susan Russell
All Saints Episcopal Church
Pasadena, CA

Rev. John A. Russell
St. Patrick's Episcopal Church
Cheektowaga, NY

Rev. Barbara S. Sagat
Metropolitan Community Churches
Waterville, Maine

Rev. Jason W. Samuel
Transfiguration Episcopal Church
Lake St. Louis, Missouri

Rev. Hugh Sanborn
Fort Collins, Colorado

Rev. Sarah Sanderson Doughty
First Presbyterian Church of Lowville, New York

Barbara Satin
Former Moderator
United Church of Christ Coalition for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns

Rev. Paulette T. Schiff
Priest in the Episcopal Church
Long Island, NY

Rev. Mike Schuenemeyer
Health and Wholeness Advocacy
Wider Church Ministries
United Church of Christ
Cleveland, OH

Rev. Kay Seitz
Metropolitan Community Church of Greater Dallas
Denton, Texas, USA

Bishop John Selders, Jr.
Amistad United Church of Christ
Bishop Presider - The Interdenominational Conference of Liberation Congregations and Ministries, Inter'l (ICLCM)

Rev. David Selzer
The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd
Buffalo, NY

Rev. Glenna T. Shepherd
Senior Minister
Metropolitan Community Church of Portland
Portland, OR

Most Rev. Mark S. Shirilau, Ph.D.
Archbishop and Primate
The Ecumenical Catholic Church
Irvine, CA

Gordon L. Shull
First Presbyterian Church of Wooster, Ohio.

Rev. Dr. Candace R. Shultis
Metropolitan Community Church
Washington, DC

Rev. William G. Sinkford
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations

Rev. Doreen Smalls
St. Mary's Circuit of The United Methodist Church

Rev. Robert R. Smith
Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion
Norwood, New Jersey, USA

Rev. Robert R. Smith, Rector
Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion
Norwood, New Jersey

Rev. Christopher A. Smith
Albany Via Media Board
St. Ann's Episcopal Church
Amsterdam, NY

Rev. Trudie Smither
St. Christopher's Episcopal Church
Dallas, TX

Rev. Stephen B. Snider
The Episcopal Church USA

Dr. Jennifer Snow
Associate Director
Progressive Christians Uniting
Los Angeles, CA

Rev. Tim Solon
Rector Emeritus
St. Christopher's Episcopal Church
Cheyenne, Wyoming

Rev. Danny Spears
Metropolitan Community Church of Corpus Christi
Corpus Christi, Texas (USA)

Rev. Daniel Stern
Broadview Community United Church of Christ
Seattle, Washington

Rev.Robert E. Stiefel, Ph.D.,
St. Thomas Episcopal Church,
Dover, New Hampshire

Rev. Jennifer H. Stiefel, Ph.D.,
St. Thomas Episcopal Church
Dover, New Hampshire

Claire A. Stiles, Ph.D.
Professor of Human Development
Eckerd College
St. Petersburg, Florida USA

Rev. Ralph W. Strohm
St. Simon's Church
Buffalo, New York

Rev. Diane Souder
Priest, Episcopal Church
Diocese of Arizona

Rev. Jean K. Southard
Stated Supply Pastor
First Presbyterian Church of Waltham, MA

Rev. Marilyle Sweet Page
St. Mark's & St. John's Episcopal Church
Rochester, NY

Rev. N. Sullivan
Word of Fire Ministries
Philadelphia, PA

Rev. Charles R. Sydnor, Jr.
Ecumenical and Interfaith Officer
The Episcopal Diocese of Virginia

Rev. Neil A. Tadken
Assistant Rector
St. James' Church
Los Angeles, CA

Rev. Dr. Susan Thistlethwaite
President and Professor of Theology
Chicago Theological Seminary, IL

Rev. Neil G Thomas
Senior Pastor
Metropolitan Community Church Los Angeles
West Hollywood, CA

Rev. Lisa A Thompson
The Gathering Place Worship Center
Austin, Texas

Sharon P. Troyer, Ph.D.
Welcoming Community Network
Independence, Missouri

Jane Tully
Clergy Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays
New York, NY

Rev. Karha` Us, MSN
Metropolitan Community Church of the Hudson Valley, NY

Rev. Charles Valenti-Hein
Pastor, Memorial Presbyterian Church
Appleton, Wisconsin

The Reverend Frieda Van Baalen Webb
Associate, Saint David's Church,
West Seneca
Episcopal Diocese of Western New York.

The Rev. Mieke Vandersall
Presbyterian Welcome
New York, NY

Rev. Rebecca Voelkel
Program Director
Institute for Welcoming Resources

The Rev. James W. Walkup
Doctor of Ministry
The Counseling Center
The Reformed Church
Bronxville, New York

Rev.. Paul E. Walker
Christ Episcopal Church
Belleville, NJ

Rev. Gene Waller Owens
Diocese of Atlanta, GA

Rev. Stephen J Waller
St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church
Dallas, Texas

Rev. Stephen J. Waller
The Episcopal Church of St. Thomas the Apostle
Dallas, Texas 75209

Rev. Kerry Walters
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
Lewisburg, PA

Rev. Canon Daniel S. Weir
Saint Matthias Episcopal Church
East Aurora, New York

Carole Weissman
Church of the Trinity Metropolitan Community Church
Sarasota, FL, USA

Nevin L. Wertenberger
Metropolitan Church Ocala
Ocala, FL.

Rev. Mona West, Ph.D.
Church of the Trinity MCC
Sarasota, FL

Troy Wheelhouse
Atlanta, GA

Rev. Stephen J. C. Williams
Episcopal Church USA

Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson
Metropolitan Community Church

Rev. Catherine Windsor
The Episcopal Church USA

Bonnie Winninger
Waverly, IA 50677

Rev. Canon William L. Wipfler, Ph.D.
Former Director of the Human Rights Office
National Council of Churches USA;
Former Associate for Human Rights
Anglican Office at the United Nations

Rev. R. Stewart Wood, Jr.
Retired Episcopal Bishop, Diocese of Michigan
Quechee, VT

Dawnne Woodie
Executive Director, Outreach Program for Transgenders In Crisis

Rev. Thomas B. Woodward
St. Bede's Episcopal Church
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Rev. S. David Wynn
Church of the Trinity Metropolitan Community Church
Sarasota, FL, USA


All Saints Episcopal Parish of Hoboken
Hoboken, NJ

Bethel - A House of God for All People
Birmingham, AL

Faith Family Fairness Alliance
Minneapolis MN

Glendale City Seventh-day Adventist Church, California
Mitchell F. Henson, Senior Pastor
Pastor Michael Quishenberry
Pastor Denise Kasischke

New Spirit Community Church
Oak Park, Illinois

Saint Augustine by-the-Sea Episcopal Church
Santa Monica, CA

St. Luke's Metropolitan Community Church
Jacksonville, FL USA


His Excellency Olusegun Obasanjo, President of the Republic (; FAX: 234-9-314-1061 or 234-9-234-7546)

Senator Oserheimen Osunbor, Chairman, Senate Committee on Judiciary, (;;

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Aminu Bello Masari, Speaker of the House of Representatives (

Honorable Bala Ibn Na' Allah, Chair, House Committee on the Judiciary (

Honorable Saudatu Sani, Chair, House Committee on Women Affairs and Youth (

Honorable Peter Igbodo, Chair, House Committee on Human Rights (

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'm sad that our Presiding Bishop's name is not on this letter.