Gay choir director claims discrimination by former church - CBS46 News

Gay choir director claims discrimination by former church

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A Cobb County choir director said he was discriminated against by his former church.

Ira Pittman filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against Mount Bethel United Methodist Church. He claimed that after hosting a Christmas party for staff members, one of them told church leaders it was a ”coming out party.”

Pittman said he was then forced to resign because he violated the church’s stance on homosexuality.

“People in leadership admitted to me that they knew I was gay when they hired me,” said Pittman.

According to the United Methodist Church’s Book of Discipline, “The practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching. Therefore self-avowed practicing homosexuals are not to be certified as candidates, ordained as ministers, or appointed to serve in the united Methodist church."

Pittman is now a choir director at East Cobb United Methodist Baptist Church.

Senior Minister Nancy Hicks, said he doesn’t think that rule applies to Pittman.

“The rule comes down pretty hard and clear on ordination of clergy and not on leadership in my opinion,” said Hicks.

Pittman said Mount Bethel UMC chose to meet with the EEOC mediation team. CBS46 reached out to the church, however, we are still waiting to hear back.

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