Vice-President Mike Pence visited and spoke at a Memphis, Tennessee church on Sunday, January 21 where the ministers preached about homosexuality as a product of Satan. The church, Holy City Church of God in Christ, also received a wider audience thanks to the sermon being streamed live on the official White House YouTube channel.
According to NBC News, after Pence spoke to the congregation about standing up for “the values that you hold dear,” Bishop Jerry Wayne exhorted about the “demonic” lifestyle of homosexuality. Taylor also made the incorrect assertion that homosexuality only occurs among humans.
“You never see two male animals coming together,” he said. “We’ve got to expose what the devil is doing.”
Thank you Holy City Church of God in Christ for the warm welcome as we celebrate the 32nd anniversary of your founding and the life of a great man, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. pic.twitter.com/j1PvK12hVd
— Mike Pence (@Mike_Pence) January 19, 2020
GLAAD tweeted on January 21 concerning Pence’s appearance:
“Wish we could say we were surprised that the Vice President spoke at a church event where the bishop spouted vile things about LGBTQ people. But here we are.”
Wish we could say we were surprised that the Vice President spoke at a church event where the bishop spouted vile things about LGBTQ people. But here we are. https://t.co/3jfzYOOBKs
— GLAAD (@glaad) January 21, 2020
GLAAD also added this appearance to their list of anti-LGBTQ actions of the Trump Administration, which is up to 136.