Christian children’s book author comes out as gay and announces divorce
Christian children's book author Matthew Paul Turner came out as gay on social media and announced that he and his wife are divorcing as he seeks to “embrace freedom, hope, and God as a gay man.” Turner, the former editor of CCM, a magazine covering contemporary Christian music, and the author of bestselling children’s books, made the announcement on Facebook and Instagram on Friday morning.
“Dear friends, I have difficult news to share. After much thought, prayer, and counselling, Jessica and I have made the decision to end our marriage,” he wrote. “While we’re best friends and thoroughly love doing life, parenting, and pursuing our dreams together, ending our marriage is necessary because I am gay.”
Jessica Turner, who is also an author and founder of the blog The Mom Creative, wrote in a Facebook post: “We are moving forward with ending our marriage while remaining deeply committed to our family and each other. We are all adjusting to a new normal, with our home now extended under two rooftops.”
Turner has been described as “one of the most influential progressive Christian voices in media.” His book, “When God Made You”, was an Evangelical Christian Publishing Association bestseller.