Rev. Danny Cortez was a pastor for a Southern Baptist congregation in the United States. In 2014 his son came out as gay and to show his support he delivered a sermon.
Rev. Cortez spoke to StoryCorps and told them:
"That morning I came to church, my blood pressure was super high. I felt so much stress, and everyone was wondering what's going on," But I remember as I was speaking, I felt empowered like I hadn't felt in such a long time. I knew that what I was sharing that Sunday was important."
The sermon he delivered would likely see Rev. Cortex kicked out of the church.
With his son watching on, Rev. Cortez told the congregation about the moment his son came out to him:
"I was driving my son Drew to school, and he turned over to me and he says, 'Dad, I'm gay.' I remember I just turned around and I hugged him so hard. And I said, 'I love you so much, son.' ...
"And so when I was asked a question recently, 'How does it feel to know that you might be terminated in a few weeks?' I said, 'I'm at peace. I'm at peace because I know my heart has been enlarged.' "
As a result of the sermon, the congregation split. Rev. Cortez and a few other members went on to form an LGBT-inclusive, nondenominational church.
We think he is an incredible father!
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