John Smid, the former leader of the
“ex-gay” ministry Love in Action, on Sunday married Larry McQueen
Smid and McQueen live in Paris, Texas
and have been dating for one year.
According to the Memphis
Flyer, the men met three years ago.
In a Facebook post, Smid said that
their acquaintance turned romantic as they gradually got to know each
“As we dated we shared our vision for
life, our personal philosophies, and our faith values,” Smid wrote.
“We found a compatibility that was comfortable and exciting.”
Smid stepped down as executive director
of Love in Action in 2008.
In a revealing 2011 blog post, Smid
confessed that he has yet to meet a “man who experienced a change
from homosexual to heterosexual.”
“I used to define homosexuality or
heterosexuality in terms describing one's behavior,” Smid wrote.
“I thought it made sense and through the years often wrote articles
and talked from that perspective. Today, I understand why the gay
community had such an issue with my writings. My perspective denied
so many facets of the homosexual experience. I minimized a person's
life to just their sexuality but homosexuality is much more than