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Jeff Chu: "Does Jesus Really Love Me? A Gay Christian's Pilgrimage in Search of God in America"

As the push for marriage equality makes strides across the U.S., Christian congregations reacted in different ways. In a new book, a gay Christian journalist tells of his yearlong pilgrimage exploring the intersection of faith and homosexuality. Traveling to 28 states, journalist Jeff Chu tries to understand a religion that preaches love for all but in his view sometimes practices intolerance. And he reveals his own personal journey to find community and acceptance.

Slideshow: Westboro Baptist Church

Photos of Westboro Baptist Church members in Topeka, Kansas, and New York City taken during author Jeff Chu's visit in summer 2011. All photos credit Dana Halferty.

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From the book "Does Jesus Really Love Me?" by Jeff Chu. Copyright © 2013 by Jeff Chu. Reprinted courtesy of Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

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