The former leader of a Christian group dedicated to “curing” homosexuality got married this week — to his same-sex partner.
Former Love In Action Director John Smid used to be a loud advocate for “ex-gay therapy,” the discredited, faulty, and harmful practice of trying to rid a person of “homosexual feelings” through prayer and other Christian teachings. Smid’s ministry committed itself to the the same mission.
But Smid resigned from his position as the group’s executive director in 2008 and later spoke out against ex-gay therapy. He divorced his wife the same year. And on Nov. 16, he married Larry McQueen in Oklahoma.
Here’s what he said while renouncing his role at the ministry:
In a 2011 appearance on Chris Matthews’ “Hardball” program, Smid expressed sentiments about sexual orientation that, by all accounts, were a far cry from his earlier beliefs.
“I do experience homosexuality… it’s a part of my history, it’s a part of the life that I live,” Smid, who resigned as Love In Action’s executive director in 2008, said at the time.
He divorced his wife later that same year, telling The Lone Star Q, “I’ve believed in faith that something was going to happen, and it never did, and so at my age, right now in my life, I don’t have that many good years left in me, and I can’t live like this for the rest of my life, so I said no, I’m not willing to keep pushing after something that’s not going to happen.”
And more recently and cheerfully, about his new husband and new life:
Smid praised his new husband as “a mirror I see in every day” in a Facebook posting cited by Gay Star News.
“For most of my life, the mirror I saw reflected my mistakes, shortcomings and failures,” he reportedly wrote. “The reflection I see today with Larry shows me the positive things in my life, my strengths, gifts and talents. I see how I can succeed at a mutual intimate and loving relationship.”
He’s one of the first, but he won’t be the last. Mazel tov!
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