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Young gay man claims he was restrained, hit at church in conversion trap

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A gay Oklahoma man says he was literally called on the carpet for being gay at a church gathering on September 8. 

Sean Cormie, 23, filed a police report after he says he was attacked by his church congregation in an effort for them to pray his gay away. He claims about 12-15 congregants held him down, one striking him, as they attempted to change his sexual orientation by divine intervention.  

Cormie said in a local news story that he just wanted to make his mother happy after she kept asking him to go to church. He says she even encouraged him to bring along his boyfriend. But as the preacher began his anti-gay sermon Cormie says some of the flock escorted his partner out the door while he was being surrounded by others. 

“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," Cormie told KFOR. "I was just crying ‘mercy, mercy.'”

But church officials are saying there is more to the story than what is being reported. 

“On behalf of First Assembly we have been asked by the media to respond to the allegations that have been made," 1st Assembly Church pastors Bill and Tami McKissick said in a statement. "This began as a family matter that escalated. Our church would never condone restraint of any person unless they were engaged in violent activity. There is much more to this incident, and we are cooperating fully with law enforcement to hopefully bring all of the facts to light as a rush to judgment is not in anyone’s best interest.”