Anti-LGBTQ pastor who called gays ‘scum of the earth’ resigns


Donnie Romero, a Baptist pastor in Texas who has a history of making homophobic remarks, has reportedly resigned after saying that he has been “a terrible husband and father.”

NBC News reported on Monday that Romero, the founder of the Stedfast Baptist Church, which has been labelled as an anti-LGBTQ “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center, told his congregation last week that he would be resigning from his post due to issues involving his personal life. 

{mosads}“I have not been ruling my house well,” Romero, who reportedly has a wife and seven children, told his congregation on last week.

“I’m the one at fault in this situation. I love Stedfast Baptist Church. I love my family. This is the best decision for my family and this church to make,” he continued. 

Though Romero did not provide details to his congregants about his behavior in his resignation sermon, Steven Anderson, a pastor who also reportedly joined Romero for the sermon, weighed in on his “grievous sins” in a video shared on YouTube last week. 

“The major sin involved was being with prostitutes, and then there were also marijuana and gambling,” Anderson said in the video. 

Although Romero and Anderson did not respond to requests for comments from NBC News, Jonathan Shelley, the new pastor of the Stedfast Baptist Church, confirmed to the outlet that Romero’s alleged behavior involving frequenting prostitutes eventually led to his resignation. 

As NBC News reports, Romero has made headlines in recent years for his highly offensive and homophobic remarks. 

Romero, who has called gays “scum of the earth,” also came under immense scrutiny in 2016 after he said he was praying that victims of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando who were injured would not survive “so that they don’t get any more opportunity to go out and hurt little children,” The New York Times reported at the time.

“I’ll pray to God that God will finish the job that that man started,” he also reportedly added in reference to the gunman behind the anti-gay massacre, Omar Mateen, at the time.


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