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No justification for threats against Wichita pastor, church

Those who oppose same-gender marriage on religious grounds are entitled to their beliefs, even as the courts move toward sanctioning marriage equality on constitutional grounds. But there is no justification for the appalling threats of violence that the Rev. Jackie Carter and Wichita’s First Metropolitan Community Church have endured daily since the U.S. Supreme Court last month refused to allow Kansas to enforce its gay-marriage ban and Carter officiated at a downtown ceremony for 15 couples. All Kansans should condemn such harassment as strongly as did pastor Terry Fox, a leading opponent of same-sex marriage who told The Eagle: “It breaks my heart to hear that anyone would have to endure those kinds of threats from the right or anywhere else.” – Rhonda Holman