The former director of the oldest and largest ‘ex-gay’ Christian ministry in the United States has admitted he had never met a person who had been able to change their sexuality — least of all himself.

“I’ve never met a man who experienced a change from homosexual to heterosexual,” former Love in Action director John Smidt wrote on his blog. “I would consider myself homosexual and yet in a marriage with a woman.”

He does not plan to heave his wife but wrote, “this doesn’t change the fact that I am who I am and she is who she is”.

Smidt recently attended Memphis Pride with a group of Christians who apologised to members of the LGBTI community for the way Christianity has treated sexual minorities. “I’m sorry for the way I have been a part of the rejection, the confusion and the judgment that has come into your life,” the sign he carried read.

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