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Focus On The Family Exec Shuns Gay Daughter, Now She’s Speaking Out

by Rob Smith March 07, 2016

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A devoted conservative Christian and daughter of an executive of the notoriously antigay Focus On The Family, Amber Cantorna was disowned after coming out to her family, but now she’s speaking out.

On the That God Show podcast, Cantorna shares her story of coming out to herself and negotiating her Christianity on her terms:

“I knew I couldn’t just sweep this “problem” under the rug, but I was terrified. I was terrified that in studying and digging deeper, I might find what I had been taught all my life to be true: God disapproved of homosexuality and, therefore, He disapproved of me. Focus on the Family teaches that marriage is strictly between one man and one woman and I was equally as terrified that in digging deeper I might find that belief to be false. Because if God did indeed make me this way, I would become part of a minority that is stigmatized, especially in Christian circles, and that too would be life-altering. So either way, my life would never be the same.”

She finally did come out to “drastic” consequences:

“After much counsel, preparation and prayer, I felt the time had come to tell my truth. So on April 14th, 2012 I invited both my parents and brother over and we all took a seat in the living room of my split-level apartment. I told them the journey I had been on over the past several years and then, spoke the 3 short words that would forever alter my future. Only in my worst nightmares were the consequences as drastic as what they proved to be in real life.”

Cantorna shares her journey to finding a welcoming church and a loving wife on the That God Show podcast. Check it out below.




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