Eddie Long gay romps too much for Bernice King

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imageBishop Eddie Long’s megadaddy madness is apparently too gay for Bernice King to handle. The anti-gay daughter of the Civil Rights scion is dropping her affiliation with the anti-gay preacher in the wake of his settling four gay sexual shenanigans lawsuits. In other words, King has left the building. A pastor in her own right, King (top photo) has been an elder at Long’s New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia. Long settled the lawsuits and returned to the pulpit on Sunday just in time for King to say she’s out. King, the family’s youngest child, joined Long in leading a 2004 march against same-sex marriage through the streets of downtown Atlanta and supporting a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. But Long’s alleged sexual shenanigans with four young men -- which included kissing, massaging, masturbating and oral sex – was too much for King to overlook. imageLong (bottom photo) settled the lawsuits on May 27 after loudly – and repeatedly – saying he would fight like David against Goliath to combat the accusations. In settling the lawsuits, Long whimpered away in silence with attorneys refusing to discuss the terms of the deal. The four men who sued Long would also not speak about the settlement, which did not require Long to publicly apologize or acknowledge any wrongdoing. The usually bombastic and combative Long struck a more somber tone on Sunday as he returned to the pulpit for the first time since settling the lawsuits. He didn’t address the settlement, a stark contrast to his initial salvos against the lawsuits. "He has fractured a body of Christ," Goldie Taylor, a social commentator on African-American issues who lives near the church, tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "He continues to lead what is a declining congregation. I think he owes it to them to participate, if he can, in their healing. Whether he can or not is really up to his congregation. Leading sometimes means walking away."

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