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Gay sex scandal forces 2nd Colorado preacher off pulpit


Troy Espera | December 14, 2006

DENVER — Colorado evangelist Paul Barnes resigned Tuesday admitting to homosexual behavior, becoming the second evangelical leader to step down from the pulpit over a gay sex scandal.

Reuters reports that Barnes has resigned from the 2,100-member Grace Chapel, a church he founded in suburban Denver.

Barnes' resignation follows high profile preacher Ted Haggard’s admission last month that he was guilty of unspecified "sexual immorality" after a male prostitute went public with their liaisons.

Church spokeswoman Michelle Ames told Reuters that Barnes was confronted by an associate pastor of the church who received an anonymous phone call from a person who heard someone was threatening to go public with the names of Barnes and other evangelical leaders who engaged in homosexual behavior.

Barnes then confessed to church elders, Ames told Reuters.

According to All Headline News, Barnes, who has a wife and children, admitted to his congregation through video tape that he has "struggled with homosexuality since he was five years old."

Dave Palmer, associate pastor of Grace Chapel, said in a written statement that "While we cannot condone what he has done, we continue to support and love Paul." Issued by Gay Link Content


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