The church should include them, as it did you and me, while we were yet sinners. After all we include the greedy and prideful, whose sin is just as great in God’s eyes. Don’t we go to the ends of the earth to convert some famous serial killer?
We all need forgiveness for something. And we all need to refrain from sinning.
Don’t we agree that Fred Phelps was wrong? God doesn’t hate gays.
Jesus told the adulteress in John 8:3-8, “Then neither do I condemn you … but go and sin no more.”