On this week's episode of Celebrity Wife Swap actress Steffanie Sampson challenged Ted Haggard on his position on marriage equality. Haggard said he was "hesitant" to support marriage, but that he and his wife support civil unions.
After being criticized for anti-LGBT comments, tennis player Margaret Court defended her views and said, "Well, I think it’s very sad because I think they’ve taken it in the wrong way. I mean, I make a stand for both my biblical side, and what I believe. And I think — it’s a choice. And I think there’s young people today that need to know it’s a choice in life."
In the days and weeks following Cardinal Francis George of Chicago’s comparison of the LGBT community to the Ku Klux Klan, Catholics have continued to organize and speak out. Many Catholics have found the Cardinal’s comments and the ensuing backlash to be an opportunity to educate the Roman Catholic hierarchy on the reality of LGBT Catholics. Dignity Chicago is one of several Dignity chapters celebrating their 40th anniversary this year. Comments like those of Cardinal George’s are one of the reasons why the prophetic call of Dignity is as important now as it was 40 years ago.
The Hartford Archdiocese released a statement Tuesday and said it was launching a local chapter of a ministry called Courage, which aims to "to support men and women who struggle with homosexual tendencies and to motivate them to live chaste and fruitful lives in accordance with Catholic Church teachings."
Christopher Orlando, 18, was sentenced Tuesday to two months in prison for attacking an openly gay man at the Stonewall Inn in 2010. The other man involved in the attack was previously sentenced and sent to prison for two years.