And in world news that certainly factors into this local gay rights debate, there is a pair of quite noteworthy statements by international religious leaders.

First, the pope, in an 82 minute press conference aboard a plane after the youth summit in Brazil told the international media about gay people, quote,

"We shouldn't marginalize people for this. They must be integrated into society….If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?"

And speaking last week at a Un conference in South Africa about gay rights, noble prize winner, and former Archbishop, the 81 year old Desmond Tutu said,

“I would refuse to go to a homophobic heaven. … I mean I would much rather go to the other place [hell]. I would not worship a God who is homophobic and that is how deeply I feel about this."

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