A United Methodist Church congregation in Alexandria, Indiana dwindled by 80 percent after the church forced out its gay choir director.

Adam Fraley told The Herald Bulletin that he lost his job because of his sexual orientation.

Fraley – who attended services with his partner but was not open about his sexuality while working at the church – held the position for six years. He resigned in the spring, saying that a new minister made him uncomfortable.

In September, David Mantor was appointed as new interim minister.

David Steele, who represents the congregation, asked Mantor to bring back Fraley. Mantor initially agreed, but three weeks later he fired Fraley and the following day told Steele he could no longer serve.

Steele refused to quit, but church leaders backed Mantor.

Church law states that non-celibate gay people cannot be “appointed to serve in The United Methodist Church.”

But Dan Gangler, director of communications for the Indiana Conference of the UMC, said that the law only prohibits gays from being ordained.

“Any other leadership position should be filled at the discretion of the congregation and the minister,” Gangler said.

Fraley told the paper: “I don't like how people pick and choose which verses they want to apply. The Bible also says gluttony and divorce are bad but people seem to ignore those.”

A large majority of the church's congregation sided with Fraley and Steele, dwindling attendance by eighty percent.

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