Youngstown church welcomes gay, bisexual, lesbians to its congregation

YOUNGSTOWN — First Unitarian Universalist Church, 1105 Elm St., announced this morning that its members voted overwhelmingly to be a “welcoming congregation” to bisexual, gay, lesbian and transgender people and their families.

In the Unitarian Universalist church, the “welcoming congregation” designation signifies an official statement of moral responsibility to pursue social equality.

The Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, pastor, said 5-10 percent of the church membership of 115 are gay couples. She said First Unitarian Universalist is committed to making gay, bisexual and transgender people feel welcome, showing the community its commitment to being open and taking a stand for equal rights.

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