Gay pastor marries partner after being forced to resign form church leaders

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GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Sometimes, a sad ending can be the start of a beautiful, new beginning. Such was the case for Benjamin Hutchison.

You see, Hutchison used to be a pastor at the Cassopolis United Methodist Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan but says he was forced to step down by Methodist church leadership because of his sexuality.

Hutchison changed his last name two and a half years ago to his now-husband`s name, and says his members never had a problem with his sexual orientation.

But just because his members may have open hearts, that doesn't mean church leadership has an open mind.

So, forced out of his job,  you can only imagine how much it meant to Hutchison when some clergy and community members gathered on the steps of the Cass County Courthouse to support him and his husband saying their "I do's" at their wedding ceremony.

He's hoping perhaps now, the church can follow in its members footsteps.

Hutchison says, "I would like the church structure to change their views... it is a religious terrorism by the doctrines they hold... There`s children killing themselves because the church says no, you are not a child of God. You can not be married and officiate the sacraments.

Hmmm, who was it in the Christian religion that said, "He who is without sin can cast the first stone?"

Oh, right... that would be Jesus!

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