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'Christian' Says Gay Former Pop Star Ian Watkins like Jeffrey Dahmer

Ian Watkins (pictured, formerly of the British pop band Steps), who came out publicly in January 2007, was recently filming a special on Wales for the BBC and was confronted by a "Christian campaigner" who told him that being gay is no better than being a serial killer, the BBC reports:

Watkins"Christian Voice director, Stephen Green, told Watkins his lifestyle was 'sinful', and made him no better than US mass murderer Jeffrey Dahmer. Mr Green also told the former Celebrity Big Brother contestant he could become straight if he wanted to. The comparison to Dahmer who was jailed for life in 1992 after the Wisconsin trial heard evidence of his cannibalism after murdering his victims came when Watkins told Mr Green he was 'completely happy' being gay and that he was in a loving relationship. Mr Green added: 'Jeremy (sic) Dahmer was happy murdering people, does that make it right?' The comment shocked Watkins and he responded: 'So, being completely happy and at one with yourself, and being in a happy, loving relationship is the same as murdering somebody?' But Mr Green stuck to his guns during the exchange: 'Sin is sin...in the eyes of God, sin is sin...' When Watkins referred to people being born gay, Mr Green told him: 'I don't believe anybody is born homosexual. God wouldn't allow anybody to be born homosexual.' Watkins, who came out when he was in the Big Brother house alongside Shilpa Shetty and Jade Goody, says he was 'absolutely flabbergasted' by the comments."

Green obviously attended the Sally Kern school of lower education.

Former Steps Singer Ian Watkins: I'm Gay [tr]

Former Steps Singer Ian Watkins: I'm Gay

Ian Watkins, a Welsh singer from the former British pop group Steps, has decided 2007 is the year to come out of the closet. Steps split up in 2001 but tonight he's set to join the cast of the UK's Celebrity Big Brother.

IanwatkinsWatkins (seen here in a costume for Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat), came out to British tabloid The Sun:

"I come from a small valley in Wales and it just wasn’t the thing to do to be gay. It’s a bit of a cliche — but I was the only gay in the village. People get married at 21 where I come from and if you don’t do that, you’re questioned. You certainly don’t come to London and become a pop tart. I was very different and it was very hard...I could never have done this years ago, never. I was still coming to terms with it myself. But I’m comfortable with who I am now and I want everyone to know. I feel like a weight’s coming off my shoulders. It’s nice. I’m glad I’m doing this and feel it’s the right time."

Watkins says that he recently ended a ten-year affair with the manager of Steps, Tim Byrne. He has been out to close friends and family for nine years.

Added the singer: "I’ve always felt a bit different, even as a very small child. At school people would tease me and call me names — ‘queer’ and that — and I started to question whether that was right. I can’t really pinpoint when exactly I knew I was gay...You don’t just wake up one morning and have a lightbulb moment and think, ‘I’m gay’. That’s why I never said anything earlier — I didn’t know what I was. These days my friends’ kids are openly gay at 16 or 17 and I think that’s great. I wish I could have done but I never had the courage."

We wish Ian the best of luck on his new journey. Who's next?

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