Rev. Laura Walters is an Ordained Minister in the PC(USA) Member-at-Large Mission Presbytery and has spoken out often about the need for LGBTQ-inclusive nondiscrimination protections and the importance of rejecting discriminatory legislation.
“The stories of my faith are about radical acceptance and compassion,” she wrote in 2017 about a Supreme Court case centered on a small business that wanted to discriminate against a same-sex couple. “In them, Jesus reaches out to people who society has marginalized and lovingly brings them back into community. Over and over, we are taught to move from places of narrowness to spaciousness, from exclusion to equality. Simply put, we are taught to love as we have been loved. And so as people of faith, we must challenge these attempts to discriminate against the LGBT community, especially under the guise of freedom of religion, so all of God’s children can be treated equally with respect and dignity.”