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David Melson Remembered

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Memorial Service Held at the Headquarters of HRC

In a service held at the headquarters of the Human Rights Campaign in Washington DC, friends and associates gathered on October 12 to remember David Melson, former president of Affirmation, who passed away last August. Judy, who traveled from California to be at the service, sang the gospel song “In the Garden.” Two years ago, David asked Judy to sing at his memorial service when the time came.

“Such a moving service for Dave [and] so many heartfelt memories,” wrote Robert Moore, who served in the national leadership of Affirmation under David. “[We honored] a man who meant so much to me and did so much for LGBT Mormons and to move equality for all LGBT people forward.”

“On this day we say a final farewell to our brother David Melson, who although considered an outcast by some, was outspoken and continued to praise Jesus and thank God even if not welcomed by his original faith community,” commented Baptist Pastor Jill McCrory, who worked with David as part of a religious coalition which helped bring marriage equality to Maryland. “His work with Affirmation is a testament to his love of God and God’s love to all.”

David served as Affirmation president for three terms (2009 – 2011). In 2009 he received the Mortensen Award, the highest distinction Affirmation bestows on a member.

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