Homosexuality US pastor jailed for refusing to marry gay couple

This comes shortly after the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision ruling that states must allow gay-marriage.

  • Published:
24/7 Live - Subscribe to the Pulse Newsletter!

A pastor at the Christian Proctor Church in Vermont, has been sentenced to one year in federal prison after refusing to marry a gay couple.

This comes shortly after the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision ruling that states must allow gay-marriage.

The Christian Pastor, 56-year-old Paul Horner, had his lawyer speak to reporters on his behalf.

“We are currently disputing the guilty verdict and I am confident my client will be a free man here shortly,” said attorney Tom Downey. “Horner was just using his best judgement according to his rights and religious freedom in this country.”

The Honorable Myron Danus handed down the harsh sentence.

“Religious freedom goes both ways, Mr. Horner,” Danus told a packed courtroom. “It is not your place to deny individuals the same rights that everyone else has, rights that were passed down and agreed upon in a court of law, the ultimate court, the Supreme Court. It is not your decision whether or not you agree with the law but more importantly that you follow it and enforce it.”

According to the criminal investigation, the Christian Proctor Church is registered with the state as a “religious corporation” limited to performing “one-man-one-woman marriages as defined by the Holy Bible.”

But the church is also registered as a for-profit business and city officials said that means the owners must comply with state and federal regulations.

Steve Shand president of the Vermont Family Research Committee, said it is “open season on Americans who refuse to bow to the government’s redefinition of marriage.”

“Homosexuals are gay,” Shand told reporters. “Why should Christian ministers be forced to perform and celebrate any marriage that conflicts with their beliefs? It’s a slippery slope my friend. Pretty soon these same pastors will be forced to wed animals or kitchen appliances. This is not my America!”

Gwen Hawkins who is president of the LGBT Pride Center in Vermont said she is happy with the guilty verdict.

“We just want the same rights as everyone else and this guilty verdict sets a great precedent,” Hawkins said. “These fanatical Christians base their life on one verse in the Bible but they seem to forget the other 99% of the verses in the book. For example, why can’t we stone to death Bristol Palinfor having a baby out of wedlock? And what about her mother, Sarah Palin, breaking the rules ofCorinthians 14:34 which clearly state that as a woman, she is not allowed to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet. But no, they like to pick the one verse in the Bible about gay people and build their camp around it.”

Proctor is a town in Rutland County, Vermont, United States. The population was 1,741 at the 2010 census. Proctor is home to the Vermont Marble Museum and Wilson Castle.

Source: NBC

Do you ever witness news or have a story that should be featured on Pulse Ghana?
Submit your stories, pictures and videos to us now via WhatsApp: +233507713497, Social Media @pulseghana: #PulseEyewitness & DM or Email: eyewitness@pulse.com.gh.

Recommended Articles

Recommended Videos





Top Articles

1 Disaster 10 heartbreaking pictures of Sierra Leone's mudslide disasterbullet
2 Accra vs Kumasi 6 pictures that perfectly capture the differences...bullet
3 Appointments Nana Addo appoints Sarkodie as EPA Executive Directorbullet
4 Volta Region FDA says Kpando residents knew consuming Pufferfish...bullet
5 NPP Government Akufo-Addo praises Bawumia’s “brilliance” and...bullet
6 Security in Ghana Fear of terrorism spreads in Paga, Upper Eastbullet
7 Collapse of Capital Bank Pastor Otabil says the last week...bullet
8 Car Towing Government throws out mandatory tow levy policybullet
9 Corruption? Ghana Immigration Service pays ghost workers...bullet
10 Killer Fish Kpando Assembly bans Pufferfish following...bullet

Top Videos

1 Video Galamsey operator weeps as taskforce burn excavatorsbullet
2 Illegal Mining Anti-galamsey taskforce goes wild; burns excavatorsbullet
3 The history behind Abbosey Okai the spare parts hub in Accrabullet
4 Shocking Nurse confesses to killing 175 people a weekbullet
5 Lynched Soldier Listen to the man who hit Capt. Mahama's head...bullet
6 Watch Video I lick my wife before going to preach - Kumchacha...bullet
7 Prophecy Hundreds will die in floods in 2017 – Prophet revealsbullet
8 Video Metro Mass bus catches fire on Cape Coast-Kasoa highwaybullet
9 Video Four suspects arrested for Captain Mahama's deathbullet
10 Capt. Mahama's Death The account of this 10-year-old...bullet

News