On the same day that a vandal spray-painted the message, “Burn Leviticus 18:22 Lies” across the front doors of the Metropolitan Community Church of Our Redeemer on Greene Street in downtown Augusta, the congregation held a vigil in front of the church as a demonstration of solidarity.
More than 50 members of the congregation and its supporters stood side by side on Tuesday evening to honor the role of the church in the community and to stand against the hateful graffiti that defaced its doors.
The spray-painted message on the church comes less than a month after the Supreme Court ruled states cannot ban same-sex marriage in this country. It also comes just weeks after a rainbow flag, symbolizing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) pride, was ripped down and stolen outside of the church during Augusta Pride week was ripped down and stolen.
Rev. Rick Sosbe, pastor of the church, and several members of the congregation have been recently featured in various local media outlets discussing gay marriage, including in a Metro Spirit’s cover story last month.
Richmond County’s new LGBT unit has been informed of the crime. Volunteers from the church removed the spray paint from the double doors not long after the graffiti was discovered.