Democrats in the hunt for their party’s 2020 presidential nomination have been campaigning at a church in Las Vegas where the pastor calls homosexuality a sin.
That would appear to contradict the campaign statements of Sens. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Cory Booker, D-N.J., that they are pro-LGBT.
The Hill reported Rev. Robert E. Fowler Sr. of Victory Missionary Baptist Church made his position clear in an interview with Nevada Public Radio six years ago.
“Whether you commit adultery, whether you commit fornication, whether you’re a child molester, you gossip, you lie, you cheat on your taxes, you don’t pay your tithes, things of that nature — all of that is wrapped together as sin, along with homosexuality,” he said.
Last Sunday, he affirmed his position, telling an interviewer, “Homosexuality, adultery, fornication, those are all sexual sins addressed in scripture.”
An official with Harris’ campaign told The Hill the campaign wasn’t aware of the statements when Harris spoke at Fowler’s church last Sunday.
But the campaign spokeswoman re-emphasized Harris’ commitment to the LGBTQ community.
Likewise, Booker’s campaign defended the candidate’s appearance at the largest black church in the state last week.
Booker’s spokeswoman, Sabrina Singh, said: “Cory does not share these views. Throughout his career, Cory has been a consistent fighter for the rights of LGBTQ people and even refused to officiate weddings as Newark mayor until same-sex couples were granted the same rights as everyone.”
The Hill reported LGBTQ groups largely have ignored the appearances. Lucas Acosta, of the Human Rights Campaign, told The Hill while the visits were disappointing, the candidates have been “strong allies of the LGBTQ community.”
In prior campaigns, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton attended the church.