Bringing Love to Capitol Hill
Dozens of faith leaders, immigration and Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) activists gathered on the U.S. Capitol grounds on April 14th to deliver a message to Congress: Americans Stand on the Side of Love.
During that period, nearly 15,000 people signed either the Petition for Full Equality for GLBT people or Immigration Cards for Congress. Those signatures were delivered to Congress, and the unique gathering held large blue signs stapled with the immigration postcards to spell out, “WE STAND ON THE SIDE OF LOVE.”
This event brought together two issues that are not clearly related, but often intersect: immigration and equality for GLBT people. The Standing on the Side of Love campaign works on both issues and many others – standing with anyone who faces exclusion, oppression, or violence because of who they are and lifting them up with the power of love.
John Crestwell, Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis and Campaign Spokesperson, summed up the sentiments of those gathered, “We stand on the side of love with our neighbors who are shut out, dehumanized, or attacked just because of who they are,” said Crestwell. “No one is ‘okay to hate.’ We are all God’s children and all have inherent worth and dignity.”