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Texas paper erases gay man's spouse on mom's obit citing "religious conviction"

A Texas newspaper has taken it upon itself to alter an obituary which mentions a gay man’s spouse because of the publisher’s religious reasons.

The couple, Barry Giles and John Gambill have been together for three decades. Giles mother passed away and as is customary he sent an obituary to the local paper.

It read: “Those left to cherish her memory include her son, Barry Giles and his husband, John Gambill of Dallas.”

But the paper, the Olton Enterprise, edited out any mention of Gambill.

Gambill told the local FOX news affiliate that his mother-in-law was family. When they read the printed obituary they became immediately concerned and called the publication.

“We’re human beings like anyone else,” Giles said. “We have feelings. We have relationships, whether he agrees with them or not.”

The couple says Giles’ late mother, Brenda, was always involved with family trips and they even cared for her when she moved closer to them.

“She’s like my second mom, you know,” Gambill said.

In response the paper’s owner, a Baptist pastor, said in a statement:

“It is my religious conviction that a male cannot have a husband. It is also my belief that to publish anything contrary to God’s Word on this issue would be to publish something in the newspaper that is not true.”

The couple may not have any legal recourse, but they are looking into their options.

You can see video of the couple and what they had to say HERE