Each day the Georgia General Assembly is in session, a preacher is invited to deliver a sermon to lawmakers. On Wednesday, one of those preachers described LGBT equality to “erotic liberty.”
On the day after more than 100 people gathered in the rotunda of the state Capitol to show support for former Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran and to back a proposed “religious freedom” bill, a Rev. Bryant Wright took to the well in the House chamber to decry same-sex marriage as nothing more than “erotic liberty.”
From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Political Insider:
“It is just one example of what our culture is going to increasingly see as an issue of erotic liberty versus religious liberty,” Wright said. “We’re liable to see this with our military chaplains in the years ahead if they in good conscience believe they cannot perform same-sex weddings and could be kicked out of the military.”
That looming threat, he said, is a reminder of lawmakers’ role in making sure government is “protective of its citizens against evil and is working for the common good.”
Religious liberty, Wright said, is a “foundational aspect” of the U.S. Constitution and is for the “common good and welfare of man.”
He urged legislators to remember the nation’s heritage “even though a majority of your constituencies have embraced erotic liberty over religious liberty.”
State Rep. Simone Bell, one of three openly gay state legislators, was angered by Wright’s statements and said she told him exactly how she felt about his prayer.