Man sues Zondervan to change anti-gay reference in Bible

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Zondervan Publishing is being sued for $60 million by a homosexual man who is claiming its version of the Bible refers to homosexuality as a sin, which has caused him emotional pain and mental instability. The suit was filed July 7.

A similar suit against Thomas Nelson Publishing was filed in June and seeks an additional $10 million from the Tennessee-based publisher.

According to the Grand Rapids Press the lawsuits were filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan by Bradley LaShawn Fowler, 39, who is representing himself.

In his suit, Fowler alleges Zondervan's Bible references to homosexuality violated his constitutional rights and caused him to be ostracized from his family because they followed the Bible's admonishment that such behavior is a sin.

As a result it caused "me or anyone who is a homosexual to endure verbal abuse, discrimination, episodes of hate, and physical violence ... including murder," Fowler wrote.

In addition to the money, Fowler is also seeking an apology.