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Newspaper removed a grieving gay man's husband from his mother's obituary

Newspaper Olton Enterprise claimed it would not publish untrue statements, stating it wouldn't go against the Bible as 'God says a man can't have a husband'

Newspaper removed a grieving gay man's husband from his mother's obituary
A man's husband was removed from his mother's obituary by newspaper publisher, because he wouldn't publish something that isn't true in the eyes of the Bible (Picture: Olton Enterprise)

A newspaper has defended censoring a grieving man’s husband from his mother’s obituary.

Barry Gilles and John Gambill have been married for 31 years.

Gilles’ mother, Brenda Light, had an obituary published in The Olton Enterprise, Texas, following her passing in February aged 77.

Gambill, a funeral director in Dallas, was omitted altogether from his husband”s obituary, reported FOX 10.

But the newspaper’s publisher defended its actions, citing that ‘God says man can’t have a husband.’

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Gambill said Brenda was his ‘second mother’ and was devastated when he found he had been erased from the tribute.

Other local newspapers published the obituary in full apart from the Olton Enterprise.

According to Mail Online, Gambill spoke to the publisher, Phillip Hamilton, who confirmed that he had purposefully cut his name from the piece.

He said that going against the bible’s wishes was, in essence, publishing false information.

Gambill and Giles have been together for 31 years (Picture: Facebook/john.gambill2)

‘It is my religious conviction that a male cannot have a husband.

‘It’s 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.

‘It would be unethical to publish a news item that is known by the editor to be false.

‘Based on the truth found in the Word of God, I could not in good conscience identify Mr Gambill as the husband of Mr Giles.’


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