yes, my first response was laughter and ridicule too. Then i remembered what I went through, and I recalled the stories of others. If not society in general, then certainly the Religious Right forces LGBT people to hide who they are, repress it, then seek passion in dark, unhealthy places. Latham will be facing persecution from at least 3 places (you might think of more) : His church, that truly believes he is sinning because of his same-sex desires; the legal system that caught him behaving illegally; his own mind that can't reconcile his true desires to what he has been taught as Gospel Truth.
I was struck by his pathetic attempt to cover up what he was doing. If you didn't hear it he said "I was set up. I was in the area pastoring to police." When I was a teenager in the Assembly of God, we referred to that kind of ministry as "laying on of hands"