John Gray, a Christian pastor from Houston, Texas, has been given an eight-episode documentary series by the OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) called ‘The Book of John’, which will follow his life as a preacher and family man.
The decision is likely to anger LGBT rights campaigners, however, due to a series of anti-gay positions taken by Gray in the past.
Gray tweeted in 2013 that “homosexuality is no different from fornication, adultery, lying or any other sin”.
In 2012 he attacked gay judge Tonya Parker for refusing to perform marriages until gay marriage was legal in Texas, writing: “Gay judge n TX refuses2 do weddings until there’s marriage equality. Let a straight or Christian judge try the opposite-they’d fire them.”
And in 2011 he responded to the news that CNN was due to air a programme about school bullying by saying “it better not just be about gay kids”.
Oprah’s decision to grant Gray his own show will surprise many of her LGBT fans, who have long admired her history of promoting LGBT voices.