A gay Texas man was left out of his mother-in-law’s obituary in the newspaper because the publisher opposes same-sex marriage.
Barry Giles and John Gambill placed an obituary for Giles’ mother Brenda Light, who passed away earlier this year, according to PinkNews. After being published in the Olton Enterprise, the couple found out Gambill was left off the obituary completely.
“I said, ‘Why was my name left out?’ And [the publisher] said, ‘Because I wanted to.’ And that's all there was to the conversation,” Gambill said to Fox 10. “Of course, I had a few choice words to say to him.”
The paper’s publisher Phillip Hamilton, who is a Baptist pastor, did not speak to Fox 10 but issued a statement.
“It is my religious conviction that a male cannot have a husband,” Hamilton said. “It is 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.”
Since the news of the omitted husband broke, the Enterprise has received over 1,000 one-star reviews on Facebook.
“We're human beings like anyone else,” Giles said. “We have feelings. We have relationships, whether he agrees with them or not.”
Giles and Gambill have been together for 31 years.