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White to speak at rally against gay rights law

One month after his comments about homosexuality sparked a national controversy, Green Bay Packers star Reggie White is scheduled to speak tonight at a rally in Michigan against a city ordinance that bans discrimination against gays and lesbians, a rally organizer said Wednesday.

The Rev. Levon Yuille, pastor of the Bible Church in Ypsilanti, Mich., said White was invited after organizers heard about his speech in March to Wisconsin state legislators.

In that speech, the defensive end denounced homosexuality as "one of the biggest sins" in the Bible and characterized racial differences in a way that many interpreted as stereotyping.

"We understand the dynamics," Yuille said of what he called "the big flap" in Wisconsin over White's speech. "People focus on Reggie because he said something that's not politically correct."

The city council unanimously approved the ordinance in December.

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