‘Congressional offices oftentimes are confused about whether [clergy are] there to lobby for LGBT causes or against them’

SOUNDBITES — “LGBT people, many of us are people of faith, and there are religious leaders in this country who support LGBT equality, and it has taken us too long to empower those voices and ensure those people are out there fighting on the front lines on our behalf. Our Clergy Call for Justice brought 300 clergy, more than five from each of the 50 states, and we worked with them to walk the halls of Congress and lobby on behalf of LGBT issues in full religious vestments. One of the most profound things I see whenever we do this is the staff members in those congressional offices oftentimes are confused about whether they’re there to lobby for LGBT causes or against them. That itself says to me that were woefully overdue on that. So clergy will continue to be a powerful front line lobbying force for us.” —HRC president Joe Solmonese on the role of religion in LGBT rights (via)