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A gay pastor's ouster in St. Joseph

Brian Kirk lost his position on a volunteer library board over his support for LGBTQ+ rights. Progressive residents say the incident has revealed discrimination in St. Joseph, Missouri.

Last summer, St. Joseph, Missouri, erupted in controversy after one evangelical pastor launched a campaign to keep a gay pastor of a progressive church from being reappointed to the city’s volunteer library board.

KCUR's Nomin Ujiyediin reports some residents say the uproar revealed divides and discrimination in the small community.

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