LGBTQ community in Palm Beach County shares fears over Presidential Election results

Posted at 10:54 PM, Nov 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-10 08:49:23-05

Feelings of uncertainty fill many people who for the last 24 hours have been adjusting to the news  that their candidate of choice lost the Presidential election.

"I have been going through all kinds of emotions the last 24 hours," said Justin Callahan of the Metropolitan Community Church of the Palm Beaches.

"Sadness, a lot of sadness, and some fear," said Sarah-Helen Land, the church's pastor's wife. 

"We're just in a state of uncertainty right now. No one knows how this is going to play out," said Pastor Lea Brown, Metropolitan Community Church of the Palm Beaches. 

Some members of the church gathered Wednesday night for a service of prayer and healing. 

"I'm very disappointed. I had hoped that our election our election would come down on the side of love which I believe was where the other side was closer to," added Callahan.

President-elect Donald Trump has not outright said he opposes same-sex marriage, but as president he will have the power to appoint a fifth conservative Justice to the Supreme Court. The same Supreme Court that made a historical ruling in favor of marriage equality. 

"He has said that that right should remain with the states, however our Supreme Court ruling said differently. Our government, our federal government is what provides for marriage equality in this land," said Callahan.

Pastor Brown has officiated many same-sex unions in the county since January 2015 when a federal judge ruled Florida's ban unconstitutional. Her wife Sarah-Helen has been at her side the entire journey to marriage equality, but she's not worried about losing that right. She's more worried about other groups alienated by Trump's platform. 

"Our Muslim brothers and sisters, our Jewish brothers and sisters; it includes all people of color and we are committed to continuing being a voice for them in ways that others have been a voice for us," said Land.