Ohio Graduation Speaker Dropped Over Support for Gay Marriage

Details:  A local politician says he was asked to step aside as the commencement speaker at a Catholic high school in Columbus because he has been an advocate for same-sex marriage rights. Franklin County Commissioner John O’Grady offered the explanation yesterday after a parent told The Dispatch he had failed to show up at Saturday’s graduation at [Read More...]

Poll Shows Most Americans See Gay Marriage as Inevitable

Details:  Nearly three-quarters of Americans, including a majority of those who personally object to extending marriage rights to same-sex couples, say legal recognition of gay marriage is “inevitable,” according to a survey by the Pew Research Center released on Thursday. The survey found that just over half of Americans favor giving gays and lesbians the [Read More...]

Bishop Argues for “Only One Authentically Catholic” View of Gay Marriage Before a Hostile Audience

From National Catholic Reporter:  Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Ill., walked into a beehive when he agreed to speak about same-sex marriage before a small audience in Phoenix over the weekend. But at least the bishop was there, taking the stings. Paprocki joined Sr. Jeannine Gramick, a longtime advocate for gay and lesbian people, on [Read More...]

“I Refuse to Administer Communion to Any Boy Scout of America…”

Hard to believe, but on the same day, I encountered these two wildly disparate items. They almost gave me whiplash. First, via Mark Shea, a priest blogger draws a line in the sand: A Boy Scout has to swear, on one’s honor, before God and everyone, to uphold the revised Boy Scout Law of celebrating [Read More...]

She’s Queer. She’s Here. And Now She’s Explaining Why.

“She” is the always-engaging and surprising Eve Tushnet:  When I became Catholic in 1998, as a college sophomore, I didn’t know any other gay Christians. I’d been raised in a kind of pointillist Reform Judaism, almost entirely protected from homophobia; when I realized I was gay it was, if anything, a relief. I thought I [Read More...]

Educator says Catholic job offer was withdrawn after speculation that he is gay

Details of a surprising discrimination claim, from Wisconsin:  A day after Regis Catholic Schools announced Tim Nelson would not become its next president, he charged that Regis officials pulled the job offer based on speculation he may be gay. Nelson, 48, who was announced April 4 as the choice to lead the local private school [Read More...]

Bishop returns petition to gay man, with one comment

You may remember this story from earlier in April.  Now, an update:  The story of a Long Island Catholic ousted from his parish jobs for marrying his male partner generated headlines, outrage and an 18,000-signature petition to Bishop William Murphy to have Nicholas Coppola reinstated. But now the tale has an odd coda: Murphy, who [Read More...]

A teachable moment from Cardinal Dolan: “All are welcome!”

The cardinal, on his blog, explains:  It was a lesson I began to learn when I was seven or eight . . . My buddy Freddie from across the street and I were playing outside.  Mom called me for supper. “Can Freddie stay and eat supper with us?”  I asked. “He’d sure be welcome, if [Read More...]

School says lesbian teacher was fired over “spousal relationship,” not because she’s gay

Details:  A former teacher who said she was fired for being gay said she was told Tuesday night that she was fired for a spousal relationship, rather than her sexual orientation. Former Bishop Watterson physical education teacher Carla Hale met with principal Marian Hutson Tuesday night after Hale was fired for what was referred to [Read More...]

Gay Episcopal bishop slams Detroit archbishop over communion remarks

From the Detroit Free Press:  Retired Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson, who was the first openly gay man to become a U.S. bishop in the Episcopal Church, has written a Washington Post opinion piece denouncing Detroit Catholic Archbishop Allen Vigneron for saying Catholics who support gay unions or marriage should not receive communion. Robinson, who recently [Read More...]