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Pastor Ken Hutcherson Dies

Pastor Ken Hutcherson, Washington state's lead crusader against same-sex marriage and former Seattle Seahawk, has died, Antioch Bible Church reports:

HutchersonAntioch Bible Church sadly announces that shortly before noon today our Senior Pastor Dr. Ken Hutcherson was ushered into the presence of the Lord. Please pray for comfort and peace for the family. The family asked that you give them some privacy at this time. Please no phone calls or visit.

Hutcherson battled prostate cancer for more than a decade, the Seattle Times reports:

His slogan was “Black and White in a Gray World.” Colleagues said that summed up both his conviction that Christians from all ethnicities, social and economic backgrounds should feel comfortable worshiping together and his belief that God’s word is immutable and unchanging.

His supporters described him as a funny and happy person — remaining jovial even through prostate cancer — who had been mischaracterized as a hate-filled preacher.

His detractors, however, mostly in the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community,  considered him a bully who used religion to campaign against the rights of gays to marry.

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  1. He totally does not look related to Josh Hutcherson (Peeta from HG).

    Posted by: Nat | Dec 18, 2013 11:55:21 PM

  2. "ushered into the presence of the Lord"

    LOL. That's a new one to me. Why not add "on solid gold palanquin carried by angels"!

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Dec 19, 2013 12:06:48 AM

  3. '...Hutcherson was ushered into the presence of the Lord.' So I guess by now the Lord has told him he was wrong about it all.

    Posted by: Leroy Laflamme | Dec 19, 2013 12:07:15 AM

  4. Hutcherson was an especially evil bigot. Eneregetic in his attempts to make gay people's lives miserable. Now he dies at 61. I guess the old adage is right - turnaround is fair play.

    Posted by: Tim | Dec 19, 2013 12:15:33 AM

  5. Sincere condolences to his family in their bereavement.

    Posted by: SERIOUSLY | Dec 19, 2013 12:15:57 AM

  6. You should never say bad things about the dead, you should only say good . . . He's dead. Good!

    Posted by: wct | Dec 19, 2013 12:36:54 AM

  7. May his hate rest in peace...

    Posted by: UrbanMike | Dec 19, 2013 12:43:34 AM

  8. Those straight people have very short life spans.

    Posted by: Jonna the Woodswoman | Dec 19, 2013 12:57:22 AM

  9. I wonder if Hutcherson's prostate killed him because it felt neglected.

    Posted by: GrantLV | Dec 19, 2013 12:58:14 AM

  10. Good riddance. You are not remembered for what you did or who you are but for how you treated others. I expect a small turnout at the services.

    Posted by: Sean Maloney | Dec 19, 2013 1:05:23 AM

  11. One dumbass down, so many many more to go.

    Posted by: HKfCA | Dec 19, 2013 1:10:40 AM

  12. When your work is done, when your reason for being here is over in this incarnation you move on to a greater understanding. Like most of us, and more than many, I'd say he's got a long way to go. Being as abrasively and sanctimoniously opposed to gay people as he was is certain evidence of this.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Dec 19, 2013 1:34:43 AM

  13. Funny how he talked about
    growing up with bigotry, yet he saw nothing wrong with his bigotry against the gay community.

    Posted by: Barry | Dec 19, 2013 1:38:08 AM

  14. good riddance ... one less charlatan !

    Posted by: MarkBoston | Dec 19, 2013 2:11:07 AM

  15. go to hell u old fukker.

    Posted by: clydee | Dec 19, 2013 2:15:59 AM

  16. you'll be forgotten in six months Hutcherson. Nobody remembers the mouthpiece of stupid hatred. Good riddance.

    Posted by: Ron Oliver | Dec 19, 2013 2:16:19 AM

  17. He'll soon be nothing but a bag of dust. Part if me is happy to hear he suffered but that would be thinking as he did.

    Posted by: Carter | Dec 19, 2013 2:29:23 AM

  18. Let's not downplay the extent of his hatred by saying that he merely opposed gay marriage. He also opposed ENDA and traveled to eastern Europe to foment hatred there. He was one of the founders of the Watchmen on the Walls, a scary far right hate group popular with eastern European evangelicals.

    Posted by: dh | Dec 19, 2013 2:44:30 AM

  19. Condolences to his family but dead old gay haters don't make me tear up

    Posted by: Mel | Dec 19, 2013 2:58:00 AM

  20. He didn't have enough prostate stimulation. That's why he was so angry!

    Posted by: litper | Dec 19, 2013 3:27:07 AM

  21. I pray that his loves ones and fellow churchgoers will one day recognize the wrong and hateful sin this man committed his public life to. Even as I wish it were easier to forgive him.

    Shameful use of a life. May we gay folks not see progress in our own times and then turn around and spend our later years opposing any hope for other communities. That isn't much of a manhood unfortunately.

    Posted by: Just_a_guy | Dec 19, 2013 3:32:44 AM

  22. I don't have a thought in my head.

    Posted by: Geoff | Dec 19, 2013 3:38:28 AM

  23. The percentage for gay marriage support just went up.

    Posted by: Richard | Dec 19, 2013 4:34:23 AM

  24. Another homophobe kicks the bucket. I'm crying on the inside. NOT

    Posted by: Bob | Dec 19, 2013 4:47:22 AM

  25. If there was a hell he's be rotting in it.

    Luckily for him there is no 'god' and no heaven or hell.

    Posted by: MaryM | Dec 19, 2013 5:16:55 AM

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