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Bishop tells Morristown service to declare gay pride in wake of Orlando shootings

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[] In the wake of this month’s massacre of 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, “it is especially important that we stand up and declare our pride in them, and in ourselves,” Bishop Gene Robinson told a gay pride service at Morristown’s Episcopal Church of the Redeemer on Sunday.

Robinson, the first openly gay bishop in the Anglican Communion, compared the Pulse nightclub to a cathedral, and the murders to a desecration.

Pulse was “a place to try on this notion of being whole,” he said. “It’s an astounding thing to find a place like that. And it was a desecration of that holiness for those people to be shot there.”