Undercover reporter outs anti-gay Pastor

US reporter exposed anti-gay Lutheran pastor by going undercover at support group meeting.

A US reporter went undercover at a support group for gay men "struggling with chastity" to find out that an outspoken anti-gay Lutheran pastor was actually gay himself.

The story made the front cover of Minneapolis-based Lavender magazine and raises some interesting ethical questions.

According to MinnPost.com, Pastor Tom Brock "notoriously linked a tornado that struck the Minneapolis Convention Center and a nearby church to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)'s decision to accept homosexual relationships and ordain gay ministers in monogamous relationships".

MinnPost.com reports:

"A blogger for the National Gay & Lesbian Journalists Association called the publication's ethics 'suspect'. Karl Reichert, a local publicist and former journalist, fears a far more widespread chilling effect on fellow gays who go to 12-step programs for chemical and other dependencies."

Would such a story pass muster under the UK's stringent privacy regime? I suspect only one of the bigger nationals would have the legal muscle to take such a tale on.

Dominic Ponsford is editor of the Press Gazette.

Dominic Ponsford is editor of Press Gazette