Brazil: Minister Persecuted for Performing Gay Marriage

A Church minister in the state of Goiás in Brazil has been targeted after he performed a highly publicized gay wedding in June of last year. Letters are needed to encourage local officials to protect the minister and to urge the U.S. based headquarters of the Protestant Church he is affiliated with to support the Brazilian ministry.
Owaldo Alves Pereira served as the minister in a public wedding of gay activists staged in June of last year in Salvador, Brazil. The event was widely reported throughout the Brazilian press. Some of the press reports included photographs of Mr. Alves Pereira.

Since that time Mr. Alves Pereira has received numerous death threats and had his house fire bombed and had rocks thrown at it. The local police have shown little interest in the case. The Association of Churches with which Mr. Alves Pereira's is associated with in the United States has, instead of supporting him, also reacted with hostility to his activities in support of Brazilian lesbians and gays.

Letters are needed supporting Mr. Alves Pereira and asking that local law enforcement officials to find and arrest those responsible for the attacks on his home.

Write to:

Don Miller
Church of the Brethren - General Board
1451 Dundee Avenue
Elgin, Illinois 60120 - 1694
USA fax: +1-708-742-6103
Prefeitura Municipal de Rio Verde - Goiás
Av. Pres. Vargas, 3215
CEP 75900-000
Rio Verde, Goiás
Brethren Minister Council
P.O. Box 6300
Minneapolis, MN 55406-0300