"The great life of Nelson Mandela demands that, after our tears, we stand up, dry our eyes and work for justice throughout the world," said the Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson, Moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC). "We grieve for and salute one of the greatest leaders in history. Because of Nelson Mandela, South Africa became the first country in the world to include constitutional protection for same-gender loving persons. As the head of a church with many gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer members in 40 countries, including South Africa, I honor the liberator, Mandela."