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Local churches talk about open worship and the county’s gay population

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Last Saturday, former Methodist youth pastor Philip Noble marched with the Anniston-Gadsden chapter of PFLAG in the Central Alabama Pride Parade. Under the streetlights and in between the clouds of balloons and plastic beads, his sign read, “Str8 X-ian ally loves LGBTQ.”

Noble was invited to his first PFLAG meeting three years ago by a Methodist youth pastor, who had been invited by a gay member of his church. He remembers exactly how that first meeting felt.