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Lashauna Gipson sits in the observation area after receiving the Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine at a Cedars-Sinai sponsored pop-up vaccine clinic at the Watts-Willowbrook Boys & Girls Club in Los Angeles. Image via AP.

A.G. GancarskiFebruary 21, 2017

Pastors from Jacksonville’s First Baptist Church took a provocative position in the wake of Jacksonville expanding its Human Rights Ordinance to include the LGBT community. They claimed that the expansion of the ordinance, which allows for civil fines for discrimination against the LGBT community in housing, employment, and public accommodations, turns Christians into “targets.” And they […]

A.G. GancarskiSeptember 18, 2016

On Sunday morning, GOP VP nominee Mike Pence addressed the congregation at Jacksonville’s First Baptist Church. The downtown church has been a political institution for decades in Jacksonville, and is pushing the socially conservative agenda one might expect from a mainline Baptist church in the Sunbelt. Pence’s most interesting comments, beyond a discussion of his […]

A.G. GancarskiJanuary 28, 2016

Where does Lenny Curry fall on the expansion of Jacksonville’s Human Rights Ordinance to the LGBT community? The decision, which he pledged to make by the end of January, is imminent, said Kerri Stewart, Curry’s Chief of Staff, Thursday. Stewart added that he has been locked in “discernment,” as Council President Greg Anderson described it earlier this month. However, […]

A.G. GancarskiDecember 21, 2015

In August 2012, after two different Human Rights Ordinance expansion bills failed in Jacksonville’s City Council, the No votes got a victory lap at First Baptist Church. “These are the council members that stood in the gap for us and represented us with their votes,” the minister said. First Baptist Church, thus far, has avoided […]


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