SBC Hispanic Agency Leaders ConsortiumFRESNO, Calif. – The California Southern Baptist Convention Executive Board has unanimously voted to withdraw fellowship from a local Southern Baptist congregation after its minister affirmed his support for homosexuality. As previously reported, Danny Cortez leads New Heart Community Church—a small congregation in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Last year, Cortez concluded that he no longer agreed with the Bible’s condemnation of homosexuality and was instead “gay affirming.” In a letter to a Patheos blogger, Cortez further explained that his 15-year-old son came out as a homosexual soon after he changed his mind on the issue. When his son broke the news, Cortez congratulated him. “My heart skipped a beat and I turned towards him and we gave one another the biggest and longest hug as we cried,” he wrote. “And all I could tell him was that I loved him so much and that I accepted him just as he is.” More