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Church congregation 'pinned down gay man and tried to pray away his sexuality'

A church is facing a police investigation after a gay man accused around a dozen members of the congregation of pinning him down and trying to 'pray away' his sexuality.

Sean Cormie, 23, told local media that his family had been urging him and his partner Gary Gardner to attend the First Assembly of God church in Blackwell, Oklahoma, since he came out as gay last spring.

Soon the pastor, Bill Mckissick, began “preaching on the evil of homosexuality … pacing back and forth saying there’s someone with this sin in this room”, Mr Cormie alleged on social media.

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The two men got up to leave the church as the congregation began to pray for them, but 12 to 15 people “ran [his partner] out” of the building and pinned Mr Cormie down “with force”, while those gathered began to pray over him, he claimed. 

“They hold me down, pin me down, and I’m crying, and the Holy Spirit just comes through me, and they keep speaking in tongues, praying over me,” Mr Cormie told KFOR-TV. “I was just crying, ‘mercy, mercy’.”