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Pastor Jim Swilley Doesn’t Want His Coming Out To Be About Whether He’s Going To Have The Sex

“It’s unconventional, it’s not a typical marriage, but it’s real in the sense that we have real children, we lived in a real house, we built a real ministry,” says newly out pastor Jim Swilley, 54, who is a married father of four. “We were not intentionally lying. We were, I guess, trying to change a situation that was unchangeable.” That Swilley is so willing to openly discuss how his marriage worked — which, let’s be honest, many of us are quite curious about — is definitely brave. But it’s also his approach to coming out: being gay is not just about sex.

Asked by CNN’s Don Lemon whether coming out means Swilley — who says he came out because of all these teen suicides — will be on the hunt for a partner, the pastor puts on the brakes: “Before I answer that question I’d like to say I usually don’t like the answer that question, not because I have anything to hide, but (because) straight people have a tendency to think orientation is just about sex. That’s where a lot of the confusion comes from in the church. The reason … I’m careful how I answer it is because orientation is about more than (sex).”

And that, friends, is how to answer this sort of question.

It’s perfectly natural to wonder whether coming out means Swilley will find a same-sex partner (and what his wife and kids think about that). It needn’t be a question about whether he’s going to hit the bathhouses, but about whether he’s going to find new happiness.

EARLIER:
Yes, Gay Megapastor Jim Swilley Was Sexually Attracted To His Wife. Way Back When

By:           Max Simon
On:           Nov 15, 2010
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  • 3 Comments
    • ron
      ron

      Oh come on! He’s dying for “the sex”, if indeed he hasn’t been getting it all along.

      Nov 15, 2010 at 10:53 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Christian
      Christian

      Well, for Christians the “sex” part sends them to Hell.

      Nov 15, 2010 at 11:08 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Joe
      Joe

      Haha “gaying up the church.”

      It’s amazing that a man like this exists… Well, the fact that he is an out gay pastor who treats the Bible as inspiration instead of a weapon… I’m not too keen on the whole married to a woman thing, but whatever. He seems so normal and it’s such a relief.

      Nov 15, 2010 at 3:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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