RIP: Integrity; RIP: Louie Crew

Dec 2, 2019 by

by Mary Ann Mueller, Virtueonline:

Integrity founder sees organization fold before dying.

Louie Crew is dead. He breathed his last on Thanksgiving Eve — Nov. 27. However, he was preceded in death by his beloved LGBT organization — Integrity — which apparently “died” a slow agonizing death this past fall.

Secularly Crew was a college professor. He earned a B.A. from Baylor University (1958); an M.A. from Auburn University (1959); and a Ph.D. from the University of Alabama (1971). Then he bounced around teaching in a wide variety of schools, colleges and universities including: Auburn University (Auburn, Alabama); Darlington School (Rome, Georgia); St. Andrew’s Episcopal School (Middletown, Delaware), Penge School (London, England); University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, Alabama); Claflin University (Orangeburg, South Carolina); Fort Valley State University (Fort Valley, Georgia); University of Wisconsin (Stevens Point, Wisconsin) Beijing International Studies University (Beijing, China) and Chinese University of Hong Kong. He finally settled in at Rutgers University (Newark, New Jersey) where he taught for 13 years.

But it was Crew’s involvement with The Episcopal Church which brought him the most notoriety and scorn.

He is a convert to The Episcopal Church. He was reared as a Baptist and baptized at eight. While in his 20’s discovered The Episcopal Church. He was confirmed in 1961 by Bishop Randolph Claiborne (V Atlanta) while teaching at the Darlington School in Rome, Georgia.

Early life as an Episcopalian was not always smooth sailing. He ran into trouble with the Episcopal church he was attending in Fort Valley, Georgia when he tried to transfer his membership from Rome.

The vestry in Fort Valley took issue with Crew’s lifestyle and penned him a terse letter.

“We would all be pleased if you would find some other place of worship that may be more in sympathy to your thinking and efforts towards Gay people,” the vestry wrote.

In was in 1973, divorced from his first wife (a woman and former student) while teaching at Fort Valley State University that Crew met a black man salesman — Ernest Clay — and the course of his life was changed. He embraced Clay as his homosexual lover and a lifelong homosexual relationship was established. They were together for 46 years and were first “married” in 1974. However, that “marriage” was not legal in either the eyes of the law or the eyes of the church. Although that “marriage” ceremony was celebrated according to the 1928 Book of Common Prayer. Thirty-nine years later they again “tied the knot.” This time in a quickie ceremony at a courthouse in New Jersey in 2013, the same year that same-sex marriage became legal in the Garden State. Crew then took his “husband’s” sir name — Clay — and as a “married couple” in the eyes of the law, they learned they could file a joint return and save on taxes.

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