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People of faith are encouraged to support the Rochester Declaration to End All Religious and Civil Discrimination, and to act on the convictions expressed.


If you are a person of faith in the greater Rochester NY area (minister, pastor, elder, rabbi, cantor, convenor, deacon, member or leader of a para-church organization) and wish to express your support for the Rochester Declaration, below, you can register your support by sending an email to: Ralph Carter, rcarter2@rochester.rr.com

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Only name, title and church/organization name and city will be displayed on our Supporters page or otherwise made public. All contact information will be used for internal purposes only and will not be distributed to third parties.

By sending this email, you are indicating that all persons named have read and agree with the "Rochester Declaration to End All Religious and Civil Discrimination." A confirmation that we have received your registration will be emailed to the contact email address above.

If you prefer, you may download a document version of the Rochester Declaration with signature page (in the very near future!) so that you can copy and distribute the document to other people of faith and gather their signatures. When you are ready, you can mail the signature page, fax the page(s) to the fax number provided on the signature page, or enter the information from the signature page(s) you've gathered in an email, above.



WE STAND in solidarity with those who are committed to work and pray for full acceptance and inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons in our faith communities and in our world. LGBT persons continue to be condemned and excluded by individuals and institutions, both civil and religious. This leads directly and indirectly to intolerance, discrimination, suffering, and even death. Political and religious rhetoric has monopolized the public perception of many people on this issue. This stance continues to cripple the spirit of innocent people. Our religious faiths compel us to be part of the healing for the souls wounded by this tragic, violent, and destructive hatred.


WE STAND with other persons of faith and also with countless religious scholars who find no rational biblical or theological basis to condemn or deny the rights of any person based on sexual orientation or gender identity. How one lives one's religious beliefs in relationship with compassion toward humanity is what is of utmost importance to us.

WE RECOGNIZE LGBT persons have suffered long enough from social inequality and from hateful religious and political rhetoric. We are tired of the appalling hurt and violent actions toward LGBT persons. It must stop. Let us move ahead to begin the healing process.

WE GRATEFULLY AFFIRM our LGBT sisters and brothers, already part of our faith communities -- many serving in leadership capacities -- and reject their ill treatment by some religious leaders. We joyfully welcome LGBT persons, as we welcome all people, into our communities of faith.

WE CELEBRATE the courage of all people who have refused to let the voice of intolerance and violence speak for their religious tradition. The determination of these people, especially those LGBT persons who meet hatred with love and answer violence with compassion, is an inspiration to all of us.

AND SO WE CALL for an end to all religious and civil discrimination against any person based on sexual orientation or gender identity. All laws must protect the freedoms, rights, and equal legal standing of all persons. We will continue to work for and promote the dignity of LGBT persons and their inclusion in our socio-political, cultural and economic life.

Adopted January 18, 2004
Interfaith Advocates for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People
at its regular meeting
Temple Sinai, Penfield NY


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