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Gay and lesbian people are gaining increasing visibility in society. Is violence really still a problem?

The answer is an emphatic yes. In Maine, after the repeal of civil rights protections for gays and lesbians, there was a highly publicized incident in which a gay man was brutally beaten. Throughout New England, incidences of anti-gay violence climbed 40% in 1997. Clearly, people of faith need to lead the way in saying, "No more!"