Jack Evans Replaces Burned Pro-LGBT Banner at St. Luke’s Methodist Church
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Jack Evans delivered a check to Bill Potts, the Executive Director of the Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church and Pastor Dottie Yunger of St. Luke’s Methodist Church to replace a pro LGBT banner recently burned outside of St. Luke’s property. According to the The Washington Blade, the incident is being investigated as a possible destruction of property-hate incident.
Rainbow Banners depicting the words “Stop the Trials” were created to show solidarity among Methodist churches supportive of marriage equality and calls for an end to the trials of clergy members persecuted by the Methodist church for officiating same-sex marriages.
“In this ongoing fight for equality, we hope to see this flag returned to the front of St. Luke’s as soon as possible,” said Jack Evans. “This banner burning incident is appalling, considering how far we have come. Replacing the banner will send the message that we will continue to advocate for full equality.”
In his two decades on the Council, Evans has advocated for issues on behalf of the LGBT community. Evans is a member of Foundry Methodist Church and has partnered with LGBT activists and allies to strike down sodomy laws and later legalize same sex marriage in 2009. This summer Evans introduced the Marriage Officiant Act and officiated the wedding of his friends John Lazar and Ted Jarvis in December.