Southworth, who once hosted a Christian TV program in Nashville, left evangelicalism after he came out as gay. And after what we he called a romantic and sexual encounter with Merritt in Chicago, Southworth outed Merritt when Merritt stood up for Chik-fil-A.
In the weeks since, Southworth says his only regret is that he didn't give Merritt a heads up before he outed him. He'd do it again, he says, but differently.
For his part, Merritt says "I don't identify as "gay" because I believe there can be a difference between what one experiences and the life that God offers."
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