Oklahoma’s Gay Chaplain for a Day

Religion & Ethics Newsweekly’s Religion Blog:

scottsbiopic_150Our Oklahoma City correspondent, Bobby Ross, made sure we knew about this little brouhaha spinning around the Sooner State: It seems a local gay pastor, Scott Jones, was invited to lead prayer in the state House of Representatives. It wasn’t his prayer that irritated legislators, but his introduction.

From The Oklahoman:

"Mr. Speaker, esteemed representatives, thank you for the opportunity to be present with you today as chaplain for the day. I want to thank my representative and good friend, the Honorable Al McAffrey for the invitation. I would also like to acknowledge guests who are present in the gallery – members of my congregation, the Cathedral of Hope, United Church of Christ. Joining them are dear friends, my wonderful parents, and my loving partner and fiance, Michael.”

That last part so incensed lawmakers that there was a vote on whether to include Jones’ prayer in the official record. "With 16 members having already left, the House voted 64-20 to include Jones’ prayer in the House journal."

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