09/17/2012 09:31 am ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Matthew Vines Won't Rest in Defending Gay Christians

ONE year after Matthew Vines was forced to leave the Wichita, Kan., church he had attended since birth -- not because he is gay, but because he tried to convince people there was nothing wrong with that -- he was sitting facing a crowd of 235 Christians, most of them gay or lesbian, at the Marble Collegiate Church on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.

Throughout the evening, various guests called him an inspiration and a messenger. One woman suggested he is an angel.

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