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Pastor in Gay Church Offers Prayer in House

May 10, 2003|From Times Wire Services

WASHINGTON — For the first time, a pastor affiliated with the nation's largest primarily gay denomination has offered the opening prayer in the House of Representatives.

The Rev. Steven Torrance, a pastor in the Metropolitan Community Church and a police chaplain in Key West, Fla., offered the prayer May 1, which was also designated the National Day of Prayer.

"Help us to secure justice and equality for every human being; help us bring an end to division and continue to build our country on peace and love," Torrance prayed in the House chambers.

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