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Masons hand indefinite suspension to openly gay member

There are 87 comments on the Lexington Herald-Leader story from Apr 16, 2011, titled Masons hand indefinite suspension to openly gay member. In it, Lexington Herald-Leader reports that:

An openly gay Mason from Kentucky has been suspended indefinitely from the fraternity after an April 8 Masonic trial found him guilty of "un-masonic conduct," according to a letter from the group's Grand Lodge of Kentucky in Jefferson County.

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gator

Richmond, KY

#1 Apr 16, 2011
The complaint that led to the trial said Wright's behavior went against the Masonic constitution because he "violated the sanctity of his marriage" and "deserted her due to his homosexuality."

I just have to wonder, and ask, would they feel the same if he left his wife for another woman?

Krystal Mountaine1

Since: Dec 10

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#2 Apr 16, 2011
hell they did him a favor... why would a grown man want to belong to the adult cub scouts....
Fitz

Grosse Pointe, MI

#3 Apr 16, 2011
Interestingly enough...the original Mason cult (actual stone masons who worked deep in quarries) was persecuted by the early Church because of the occult rituals that they performed. One of the slurs used against them was that they were homosexual and their “rites” included homosexual acts among members.
Frank Stanton

New York, NY

#4 Apr 16, 2011
gator wrote:
The complaint that led to the trial said Wright's behavior went against the Masonic constitution because he "violated the sanctity of his marriage" and "deserted her due to his homosexuality."
I just have to wonder, and ask, would they feel the same if he left his wife for another woman?
No, because a woman can't be a Mason. I don't think the Masons discriminate against gay members. It's the fact that this person committed adultery. That's a serious sin for ANY person.
common sense

Winchester, KY

#5 Apr 16, 2011
Regardless of the offense, the Masons have a right to choose who is a member of their organization. It's no persons business except a Mason. They can throw him out for having hair on his ears and it's no business of anybody else.
Frank Stanton

New York, NY

#6 Apr 16, 2011
common sense wrote:
Regardless of the offense, the Masons have a right to choose who is a member of their organization. It's no persons business except a Mason. They can throw him out for having hair on his ears and it's no business of anybody else.
I agree. Too many people forget we have a RIGHT to association, whihc means you have a RIGHT to form private clubs and include and exclude whomever you wish for whatever reason you wish.

If you don't like a private organizations's beliefs and practices, then don't join.

Krystal Mountaine1

Since: Dec 10

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#7 Apr 16, 2011
common sense wrote:
Regardless of the offense, the Masons have a right to choose who is a member of their organization. It's no persons business except a Mason. They can throw him out for having hair on his ears and it's no business of anybody else.
I agree and like I said they did him a favor... those hats are pretty stupid looking on an adult
wonderin

Clarksville, TN

#8 Apr 16, 2011
Are they the one's that ride those little mini bikes in parades dressed like clowns? I know they call them Shriners like the Oleika Shrine in Lexington but are they Masons too? If not, what do the Masons do that is any good?
Jacob

Richmond, KY

#9 Apr 16, 2011
I happen to know John very well and he did not commit adultery. And in Kentucky we have enough masons that hate gays enough to try and get them out of the frat. They even tried passing a clause stating that no gays would be allowed to enter the frat after John came out to his lodge. The trial was a total crapshoot they didnt want to hear him out they just wanted him out. The members attending actually clapped when the verdict was handed down it was disgusting.
google for truth

United States

#10 Apr 16, 2011
Masons are not what they seem, they use their combined power in law and government to commit heines crimes.
Tyson

Richmond, KY

#11 Apr 16, 2011
Jacob wrote:
I happen to know John very well and he did not commit adultery. And in Kentucky we have enough masons that hate gays enough to try and get them out of the frat. They even tried passing a clause stating that no gays would be allowed to enter the frat after John came out to his lodge. The trial was a total crapshoot they didnt want to hear him out they just wanted him out. The members attending actually clapped when the verdict was handed down it was disgusting.
...so sorry they kicked your boyfriend out for coming out!
FOJ

New Haven, KY

#12 Apr 16, 2011
I think the OP's point was this Lodge voted John out because of his sexual orientation. If he had had an affair with a woman, I doubt they would have taken any action.

Considering the Mason reason for being is "charitable work within a local or wider community, moral uprightness (in most cases requiring a belief in a supreme being) as well as the development and maintenance of fraternal friendship, as James Anderson's Constitutions originally urged amongst brethren" (from the wiki) it seems a pity that fraternity that thrived during the Age of Enlightenment would take such a narrow view of "morality" to throw out an upstanding member who happened to change sexual orientation as an adult.

Infop

Richmond, KY

#13 Apr 17, 2011
FOJ wrote:
I think the OP's point was this Lodge voted John out because of his sexual orientation. If he had had an affair with a woman, I doubt they would have taken any action.
The Masons, one of the potential guardians of the Grail. Traceable all the way back to the Knights Templar. They hold and control more influence on our government than any elected member. Their signs and symbols are all over Washington, and our money.
So they did not want a gay in the organization? So they tossed him out. Good for them. The US military will be following suit in a short time.
Howard

Owensboro, KY

#14 Apr 17, 2011
google for truth wrote:
Masons are not what they seem, they use their combined power in law and government to commit heines crimes.
You don't have a clue. What your talking about.
hypocrites

Clarksville, TN

#15 Apr 17, 2011
well....i bet a lot of the "MASONS" have violated the sanctity of their marriage in numerous ways...they need to realize that their masonic group is vulnerable like us all
Mason

Ironton, OH

#16 Apr 17, 2011
Gays seem to expect more rights than the general population. I don't force my belief on them (I don't like nor approve of their lifestyle) & they are not going to be allowed to force their life style on me. Many have been kicked out or not allowed in. Gays are no better. They would not fit into the Masons. I can't see someone further embarrassing their family by continuing on with
this charade.
phillip

Portland, TN

#17 Apr 17, 2011
the person who referred to masons as adult cub scouts should not make comments about an organization they have no idea about. i think it is childish for a person to make fun of an organization because of the looks of a hat or anything else. and if i you want to be gay and accepted for your own club or organization and dont deal with straight people, associate with people who dont have a problem with it and there will be no problem.

Krystal Mountaine1

Since: Dec 10

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#18 Apr 17, 2011
phillip wrote:
the person who referred to masons as adult cub scouts should not make comments about an organization they have no idea about. i think it is childish for a person to make fun of an organization because of the looks of a hat or anything else. and if i you want to be gay and accepted for your own club or organization and dont deal with straight people, associate with people who dont have a problem with it and there will be no problem.
Like I said they did him a favor.... no one cares about the masons
mason

Winchester, KY

#19 Apr 17, 2011
krystal mountain going way out of her way to say that no one cares about masons. apparently, some mason didn't care about her and she's a little bitter.

Krystal Mountaine1

Since: Dec 10

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#20 Apr 17, 2011
mason wrote:
krystal mountain going way out of her way to say that no one cares about masons. apparently, some mason didn't care about her and she's a little bitter.
Name one thing a mason has done for me in my life just one

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