LYNCHBURG, Va. – While some mourned Tuesday after Rev. Jerry Falwell died at 73, there were also those who took his death in a different light.
Falwell and his Moral Majority group widely condemned homosexuality, making him a controversial figure to many — especially the gay community.
"Jerry Falwell was one of the first and most visible advocates of a more-than-30-year-old movement to bring fundamentalist Christianity into the political sphere in ways that are particularly vicious and painful to millions of LGBT people around the country," read a press release by the San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center's executive director.
“He blamed gays and lesbians for the tragedies of September 11. He fought to block civil rights for LGBT Americans," wrote Thom Lynch. “Perhaps this will signal the end of an era and allow us to find ways to live and co-exist in a pluralistic democracy."
Lynch closed: "We wish Rev. Falwell’s family as much peace and comfort as is possible during what will most surely be a difficult time for them."
Meanwhile, a so-called "anti-memorial" is being planned in the city, where gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders plan to speak out about Falwell's past efforts to demonize the gay community.