Gay partners thrown out of swimming pool because ‘it says so in the Bible’

Yes, another bad situation which is giving the Church of Jesus Christ a bad name again.

Two gay men with with developmental and intellectual disabilities were kicked out of a swimming area at The Pavilion, a government recreational facility in Hazard, Kentucky. The men were clients of Mending Hearts, Inc. which provides support for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

The KEF says that the official that kicked the men out cited The Bible as the reason:

“The Pavilion staff immediately entered the pool area and asked my clients and their staff to leave the Pavilion,” stated Shirlyn Perkins, Executive Director of [Mending Hearts]. “My staff asked The Pavilion staff why they were being asked to leave, and they were informed that ‘gay people’ weren’t allowed to swim there. My staff told this man that what he was trying to do was discrimination. The man stated that what he was doing was in the Bible and he could do it. My staff continued to argue with this man, but was ultimately forced to leave. My clients, whom already feel ridiculed and different, left the city owned facility crying and embarrassed for trying to participate in ‘normal’ activities that everyday ‘normal’ people do.”

A protest is being planned.

Now, I don’t know why the media have put a special focus on their disability (probably because it creates more sympathy and shock), but the actual issue here is the idea that two gay men were kicked out of a swimming pool in Kentucky, USA, for being gay. The Bible was the justification for the two men to be barred from the pool.

I want to make it clear that just because the Bible was used as the justification, it doesn’t make the people Christians. However, if the people who kicked the gay men out were Christians, then this is an absolute disgrace. Whilst Christian orthodox beliefs do not condone homosexuality, and that traditional Christianity teaches against the practice of homosexuality (which falls into line with what I believe), it is by no means an excuse to discriminate.

I also find no mention in the Bible that gays must be barred from swimming pools, but that’s just my reading of it…



Dean Roberts

Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre. Read More @