Ceremony for Lesbian Pastor is marred with vandalism and anti-gay slur…

A St. Paul church performing a ceremony for a Lesbian pastor had vandals smash the window of a parked care outside the church where a golf ball was left behind with an anti-gay message on it.

A golf ball bearing the slur smashed through the window of a sport-utility vehicle belonging to a man attending the ceremony for the Rev. Anita C. Hill at Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood, according to the Rev. Bonnie Wilcox, senior pastor of the Arcade Street church.

“We went from this wonderful celebration, where we were faithful in our beliefs and faithful in our witness, and then we got this disappointing, disturbing, shocking news that someone was randomly targeted,” Wilcox said on Sunday.

Handwritten with red ink on the golf ball was an anti-gay message and an obscene picture, said Emily Eastwood, executive director of ReconcilingWorks. The organization “works for the full participation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people” in church and society, according to a press statement, and Hill is the organization’s new regional director for Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.


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