African American Churches Growing More Accepting Of Gay People

African American churches in New Jersey are becoming more accepting and aware of gay and lesbian parishioners, a sampling of black ministers in Newark by the Star Ledger finds. The Rev. Ronald Slaughter of St. James AME in Newark estimates “60 to 70 percent of all churches have homosexuals in their congregations.” “I think anyone who is gay or lesbian or whatever should be welcome in all of our churches. That shouldn’t be a question,” the Rev. M. William Howard of Bethany Baptist in Newark, told the Ledger.