The men all also tell a similar tale of being a part of a group of young men Long called his “Spiritual Sons,” that they entered into ceremonial “covenants” with Long and that the renowned preacher used biblical scripture to justify sexual relationships.

WSB-TV is reporting the reason an agreement may come soon is to try to resolve the issue out of court before Easter on Sunday.

Mediation talks began in February and at the time it was reported if there was no resolution a trial would be held in July.

In addition to preaching against homosexuality, Long led a march through the streets of Atlanta in 2004 for several causes such as better public education and better healthcare. But the No. 1 item they were marching against was gay marriage.

 

Top photo: Bishop Eddie Long is accused of sexually coercing four men. (publicity photo)

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