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Supporters of same-sex marriage demonstrate in 2015 at the Nebraska Capitol.

I’m a Christian pastor. Protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination is not a threat to my or any other Christian’s religious freedom.

Jesus, whom Christians claim to follow, never rejected or discriminated against anyone for any reason. He welcomed and interacted with people the religious elite would not: women, tax collectors, sinners, the ritually unclean, gentiles and lepers among others.

It is not our province to judge. It doesn’t matter whether we believe homosexuality is sin.

We are called to be like Christ. That means we shouldn’t discriminate against anyone, but accept them and love them as they are. Doing otherwise is not loving but hateful. That’s what the Bible says.

The Rev. Chuck Bentjen, Beatrice

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