It is hot in Las Vegas! It was about 100 degrees today. Just a few days ago we were freezing, 8000 feet high in Utah. The heat feels good. We had a great interview today with David Gillentine, a pastor at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Community Church (MCC). We talked about the recent legislation passed in Nevada that created domestic partnerships. The bill was vetoed by the governor, but his veto was overridden by the legislature. Even the governor’s wife was an outspoken supporter of the bill and publicly called on the lawmakers to override her husband’s veto.
“The bill is well-supported by Nevada’s first lady, Dawn Gibbons, who hosted several gay rights activists at the Governor’s mansion last night before the vote. She said she couldn’t understand why there was such a big deal about the legislation. “I have a lot of gay friends and their relationships have lasted longer than many marriages,” she said, bringing chuckles to the crowd.”
We also talked with David about how the bible is used to condemn homosexuality. He went through the passages in the bible that are always thrown against us and explained the way MCC interprets them. The bible has been translated, and re-translated, and translated again by so many different peoples over the years. David said that if you go back to the original word, the bible does not condemn homosexuality at all. That completely wipes out the most vocal argument against LGBT equality. You’ve got to see this footage when the film comes out. For now, you can watch a clip of our interview with David below.
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(This was taken with the ‘behind-the-scenes’ blog camera and is not the actual footage for the documentary.)
The Metropolitan Community Church of Las Vegas has this wonderful picture of Saint Harvey Milk hanging in their office.