Woman Charged for Preacher Kiss at Gay Pride Event
A Bible-waving preacher protesting at a gay pride event in North Carolina turned the other cheek - and got kissed on it by a 74-year-old female gay rights supporter who is now charged with simple assault.
Joan Parker admits she kissed a preacher on the cheek at the event, proclaimed by the Salisbury mayor as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Day.
"He was just waving his arms and has a Bible in one hand, up and down, and screaming at the top of his lungs, ’sodomites’ and ’you’re going to hell,’" Parker said in a phone interview. "I thought he needed a hug. So I gave him a hug."
At some point, Parker said, the preacher turned to yell to a man with a camera to take a picture of her. Also at some point, she kissed him. On the cheek, she says, not on the mouth.
"He claims I kissed him on the lips, and he’s a damned liar," said Parker, who is from Colfax and said he was at the event with her husband to show support. "I believe I did kiss him on his cheek."
The preacher, James Edward Belcher of Taylorsville, says he never claimed Parker kissed him on the lips, but that’s only because he turned his face as she came toward him.
"If I hadn’t turned my head, I’d have gotten it right on my mouth," said Belcher, 49, minister at New Light Baptist Church No. 2 in Millers Creek.