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Ms. Zolbe said she believes her church is tolerant, because even though it opposes the homosexual lifestyle, they welcome gays to worship with them.

“What you see here at this table is love,” she said. “I love all. I don’t love the sin, oh, but I love the sinner. God bless them.”

“My church welcomes everyone,” she added. “We don’t approve of homosexual behavior, but we still accept them into the church. God wants them there. They’re precious in his eyes.”

• Victor Morton contributed to this report.