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Pastor Jim Swilley Does

Pastor Jim Swilley Does


Jim Swilley, the Georgia megachurch pastor who made headlines when he came out last month, will appear on Tuesday night's Joy Behar Show with his ex-wife, Debye, to discuss his decision to come out after 21 years of marriage.

"I told my church that I was given two things in my life, I didn't ask for either; one is the call of God in my life and the other is my orientation," he says. "I didn't ever think that those two things could be compatible, and so I just tried to change it, I didn't try to hide it, I just tried to change it."

Swilley says he hopes his coming-out will help to change conservative attitudes toward religion and inspire gay youth struggling with their sexuality. The pastor also says he's never "said anything derogatory about gay people, so I don't have to eat any words."

Watch the video here.

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