Sens. Kamala Harris and Cory Booker — who are ardent supporters of LGBTQ rights — attended services at a Las Vegas church led by a pastor who has described homosexuality as a sin, according to reports.
The Democratic presidential hopefuls separately attended services last week with the Rev. Robert Fowler Sr. at Victory Missionary Baptist Church, one of the state’s largest black churches, according to The Hill.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, also a presidential contender, held a town hall at the church on July 6, but did not appear with Fowler or attend a service the pastor led.
“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,” Fowler said in a 2013 interview with Nevada Public Radio.
“Any sin, if you break the law in one area, you’ve broken it in all areas. If you mess up in one area, that’s enough to send you to hell — so any sin is pretty bad for me,” he added.
Fowler’s office did not respond to a request for comment by The Hill, but he affirmed his stance on homosexuality during an interview with the Bay Area News Group on Sunday.
“Homosexuality, adultery, fornication, those are all sexual sins addressed in scripture,” he said.
Harris (D-Calif.) attended services at Fowler’s church on Sunday morning and later delivered a speech there. Booker (D-NJ) was at the church late Saturday, according to the San Jose Mercury News.
An official from the California senator’s campaign told The Hill that the campaign was unaware of Fowler’s past statements. A campaign spokeswoman separately stressed Harris’ advocacy on LGBTQ issues.
Booker distanced himself from the pastor’s remarks, but his campaign did not respond to a question from The Hill about whether he had known about them before his appearance on Saturday.
“Cory does not share these views,” the New Jersey senator’s press secretary, Sabrina Singh, told The Hill in a statement.
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Source: New York Post