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Eddie Long's Wife Changes Mind on Divorce

Eddie Long's Wife Changes Mind on Divorce

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It's been a roller-coaster day for Vanessa Long -- Friday morning she announced she was seeking a divorce from her antigay pastor husband, Eddie Long, but by the afternoon she took it back.

Last year Long's husband was accused by four young men of using his influence to coerce them into sex. Eddie Long denied the allegations -- the plaintiffs later received a financial settlement, and their suits were dismissed.

Part of Long's statement this Friday morning read, "After a great deal of deliberation and prayer, I have decided to terminate my marriage to Bishop Eddie L. Long. Accordingly, I authorized my attorneys to file for divorce on December 1, 2011."

Hours later, Long rescinded her earlier statement. "Upon prayerful reflection, I have reconsidered and plan to withdraw my petition for divorce from my husband, Bishop Eddie L. Long," she wrote in an emailed statement bearing the logo of New Birth, Eddie Long's megachurch, TheAtlanta Journal-Constitutionreported. "I love my husband. I believe in him and admire his strength and courage."

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Neal Broverman is the Editorial Director, Print of Pride Media, publishers of The Advocate, Out, Out Traveler, and Plus, spending more than 20 years in journalism. He indulges his interest in transportation and urban planning with regular contributions to Los Angeles magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He lives in the City of Angels with his husband, children, and their chiweenie.
Neal Broverman is the Editorial Director, Print of Pride Media, publishers of The Advocate, Out, Out Traveler, and Plus, spending more than 20 years in journalism. He indulges his interest in transportation and urban planning with regular contributions to Los Angeles magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He lives in the City of Angels with his husband, children, and their chiweenie.