Pastor, former Seahawks LB Ken Hutcherson dies at 61

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KIRKLAND — Former Seahawks linebacker Ken “The Hutch” Hutcherson, who later became a vocal opponent of gay rights and gay marriage as a senior pastor of Antioch Bible Church, died Wednesday. He was 61.

hutchersonHis death followed more than a decade-long battle with prostate cancer.

Hutcherson was drafted in 1974 by the Dallas Cowboys and retired from professional football in 1977 after playing for the Cowboys, San Diego Chargers and Seattle Seahawks.

Hutcherson started the Antioch Bible Church in Kirkland with Mark Webster and Dwight England in 1984.

Hutcherson was a vocal opponent of state anti-discrimination laws that were based on sexuality and conducted signature-gathering efforts on petitions to try to repeal one such law. And, on May 1, 2004, Hutcherson organized a “Mayday for Marriage” rally against marriage rights for lesbian and gay couples. The highly publicized effort drew an estimated 20,000 supporters from around the Puget Sound region to Safeco Field. Later, in October 2004, he organized another “Mayday for Marriage” rally in Washington, D.C., which attracted an estimated 140,000 participants.

In early 2007, despite opposition from Hutcherson and several Christian groups, a bill allowing State Registered Domestic Partnerships in Washington state passed the Legislature and was signed into law.

Hutcherson is survived by his wife, Pat, and four children.

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  • Vicki

    We are honored to have been led by this great man of Godly integrity, wisdom & leadership. He had the guts and fortitude to stand up for his convictions under great & cruel opposition from the secular world – I have never seen anyone who faced his own mortality with the ability to turn it over to God – he never lost his joy & love of people and life while in the midst of the battle for his own life…he nutured others. There is so much to say about him, He was a true example of a Christian warrior for God hanging onto truth in a politacally correct mindset world. to Hutches family may God bless you and comfort you in this time of great loss –

  • Kelly Kafir

    With all the good this guy has done and all the negative circumstances he came up through, all that this "news" org wants to focus on is his support of traditional marriage… and in such a negative way too. SHAME ON YOU FOX for such a disgusting article! I guess it just goes to show that freedom of speech and conscience is DEAD DEAD DEAD in WA state if you don't tow the GAYstapo's company line! Dispicable.