A gay couple says that they were attacked by a church’s congregation in attempt to convert them to heterosexuality.
Sean Cormie, 23, recently came out to his family in Blackwell, Oklahoma. Since then, his family has been trying to get him to go to church with them and to bring along his boyfriend, Gary Gardner.
On September 8, they finally went to The First Assembly of God Church with Cormie’s family. He said that he had already gone to that church’s service several times.
“I wanted to go to church to make my mom proud and make her happy,” he told Oklahoma News 4.
But the church service was a trap. It started like normal, but the pastor then asked them to come to the altar.
“A lot of Sean’s family came over and started praying on us, and church members started praying on us and started getting louder and louder and louder,” said Gardner.
“It’s a sin, it’s an abomination, you need to realize, wake up, and see it for a sin,” the pastor said, according to Cormie.
He said they started to leave, and Gardner was pushed away by other church members. Cormie, though, was forced to stay and he was slammed to the ground by his stepfather. A group of 12 to 15 church members held him down and prayed over him.
“Sort of picked him up and body slammed him over and started praying on him, and when they were doing that, Sean ended up with marks on his arms a black eye and sort of blacked out,” Gardner told News 9.