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Truthful Tuesday addresses legislature on social issues including same-sex marriage

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TRUTHFUL TUESDAY: Marriage equality was the topic of an event Tuesday at the Capitol. Several clergy, including Marie Mainerd O'Connell (lower right), participated.
  • TRUTHFUL TUESDAY: Marriage equality was the topic of an event Tuesday at the Capitol. Several clergy, including Marie Mainerd O'Connell (lower right), participated.

My mention here yesterday of the anti-gay Family Council's promotion of an anti-marriage-equality rally at the Capitol today by conservative preachers brought a note about a related demonstration at the Capitol Tuesday.
It was the latest installment of Truthful Tuesday, a weekly gathering of civic and religious people to talk about progressive issues that the legislature ignores. It is modeled on Moral Mondays in North Carolina, where a conservative legislature has similarly ignored pressing concerns.

This week, the discussion was on LGBTQ rights, particularly marriage equality. Judge Wendell Griffen, a Baptist pastor, moderated. Several clergy were among a crowd of about 50, including Marie Mainard O'Connell, pastor of First Presbyterian Church (and active in the past in Occupy Little Rock and Regnat Populus.) Her church provides a home for the Center for Artistic Revolution, a gay and civil rights organization.

Truthful Tuesday has a Facebook page. It meets at noon each week at the Capitol. Next week's topic: Mass incarceration.

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