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"All in all, it is essential to recall one basic truth. God loves every person as a unique individual. Sexual identity helps to define the unique person we are. God does not love someone any less simply because he or she is homosexual."

U.S. Catholic bishops,

in a letter advising parents of gay children to put love and support for their sons and daughters before church doctrine that condemns homosexual activity

"This was my daughter until she was brutally mutilated because someone had no regard for her life. She was just sitting there waiting her turn."

Susan Manfreda, showing a picture of her daughter, Shanna Manfreda, 21, who was killed Aug. 5 at an intersection in North Collins,

urging state highway officials to erect
four-way stops at intersections there and in Eden, where 36 have died in 10 years