A long-time closeted lesbian, Rev. Carolyn J. Mobley-Bowie finally found peace and joy when she started living openly. She discovered a church home that welcomed her, and there, she met and married the love of her life. Now she helps her partner to lead the Breath of Life Spiritual Center, which is part of Metropolitan Community Churches.
Despite the joy that she has experienced, Rev. Mobley-Bowie also experienced harassment and discrimination. In her home state of Michigan, LGBTQ people can still be fired, lose housing or be refused service at public places.
Rev. Mobley-Bowie says that God’s love has taught her that all people are equal and should be treated with respect. That’s why she wants to see explicit legal protections for LGBTQ people at home in Michigan and at the federal level.
“To me, nondiscrimination is a simple matter of fairness and equal protection under the law,” she wrote. “If I’m paying my taxes, serving my community, and not breaking laws, the law should protect me. Unfortunately, not only is there no federal law that provides explicit nondiscrimination protections, my home state of Michigan like many others also has no express statewide protections against discrimination for LGBTQ people either.”