Newspaper Removes Gay Man’s Husband from Obituary for ‘Religious and Ethical’ Reasons

Newspaper Removes Gay Man’s Husband from Obituary for ‘Religious and Ethical’ Reasons

A Texas newspaper removed a reference to a gay man’s husband from his mother’s obituary and cited “religious” and “ethical” reasons.

When Barry Giles’ mother died, he submitted an obituary to the local hometown newspaper, the Olton Enterprise. But after the obituary was published they removed all references to Giles husband John Gambill. The two are married and have been together for over 31 years.

FOX4 reports:

Gambill says his mother-in-law was family to him. So when he saw he was cut out of the obituary, he was immediately suspicious. The couple called the newspaper to find out what happened.

“We’re human beings like anyone else,” Giles said. “We have feelings. We have relationships, whether he agrees with them or not.”

In more than three decades together, Giles and Gambill say they often took family trips with Giles’ late mother, Brenda Light, and cared for her when she moved closer to them in Dallas.

“She’s like my second mom, you know,” Gambill said.

The newspaper’s publisher Phillip Hamilton who just happens to be a Baptist pastor released the following statement:  “It is my religious conviction that a male cannot have a husband. It is also my belief that to publish anything contrary to God’s Word on this issue would be to publish something in the newspaper that is not true.”

The Olton Enterprise has a Facebook page, if anyone would like to leave a comment or review.


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