Washington, DC, may have violated its own anti-discrimination ordinance in asking an award-winning gospel singer who was delivered from homosexuality not to attend a special event.
WASHINGTON, DC(Associated Press - August 12, 2013)
A gospel singer who says God delivered him from being gay was removed from a concert lineup at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial after a request from Washington’s mayor.
The Washington Post reports singer Donnie McClurkin was scheduled to perform at the concert Saturday night to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Several gay rights activists objected to his participation ahead of the event.
Doxie McCoy, a spokeswoman for Mayor Vincent Gray, says the Grammy-winning singer decided not perform because the purpose of the event was to bring people together.
But in a video statement, McClurkin says he was "asked not to attend" and was uninvited from the concert. McClurkin says there should be freedom of speech "as long as it's done in love."
Donnie McClurkin was to appear at the 50th anniversary of the Martin Luther King, Jr. march in Washington which took place this past weekend. But Mayor Vincent Gray, under pressure from homosexual activists, reportedly asked McClurkin not to attend. (See sidebar)
But McClurkin, who was the headliner for the concert, says in a video statement that it is “furthest from the truth” that he “withdrew” from the concert.
Greg Quinlan, president of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gay & Gays (PFOX), believes McClurkin's civil rights have been violated, according to a 2009 ruling by DC Superior Court Judge Maurice Ross.
“[Judge Ross] stated that the broad nature and broad scope of the civil rights ordinance gives protection to include ex-gays,” explains the PFOX leader. “So what the city has done, what the mayor has done, is violate the civil rights ordinance of the District of Columbia – and Donnie McClurkin should sue.”
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Quinlan says discrimination against former homosexuals is nationwide because “gay” activists don't want to admit that leaving the lifestyle is possible.
“People need all the information; they need all the truth,” exclaims Quinlan. “Someone chooses to live as a homosexual, they have a right to sin; but I also have a right to follow God and change my life and in accordance with his Word, according to his directions.
“And therefore I need to know and others need to know what the truth is ... and I and others stand as a proof to that and so does Donnie McClurkin.”