Douglass Blvd Christian Church

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A Note from Gary Gambino

Hello.  I am Gary Gambino and, as the surname might indicate, I'm a "cradle Catholic" who has embarked on a "Magical Mystery Tour" of various denominations since my mid-20s.  The week before Easter I was in a physician's waiting room when the gentleman next to me offered me his Courier-Journal.  Leading the Metro section was a story about how the board of the Douglas Boulevard Christian Church voted to stop signing marriage licenses until everyone, regardless of sexual preference, was afforded that opportunity.  The phraseology is "marriage equality" and is consistent with Christ's own teachings.

I live in Buechel just south of the Highlands, and I made a point of attending their (our) Easter service.  I talked with both pastors and was amused when Pastor Ryan wore as a badge of honor the fact that Pat Robertson thought the church's pastors "were going to Hell."  After learning that the Associated Press had picked up the C-J  story and it had gone worldwide -- viral -- I half expected television cameras to be at the back of the church and was a tad disappointed when none were present.

I advocate for several liberal causes in my private life and on social networking websites.  I have been an advocate for people with disabilities since my injury in 1982 at the age of 18.  This has made me somewhat of an outcast in my own conservative Catholic family, sadly enough.  I did not think a church in my neighborhood (or near it), in arguably one of the more conservative states in the Union, could adopt such a "progressive" stance.  I love this church.  I love the leadership and the members of this church.  Absent a more meaningful phrase, this is really cool.

God bless all who read this.

Gary Gambino