In a too-short clip from today's Anderson Live, Anderson Cooper talks to Libby Phelps about the Westboro Baptist Church's pickets, if she felt normal doing it, and why they picket the funerals of dead soldiers.
Catholics and their allies contribute joyfully and faithfully to the life of the Church. We hope that our leaders will think twice before labeling us destructive, disordered, and unnatural. And we hope that they will reconsider their opposition to same-sex civil marriage, which puts them in a position of inhospitality rather than welcome. In the meantime, inspired by our Catholic faith, we are contacting our state senators to urge support of Illinois's marriage equality bill.
As a retired Roman Catholic priest who still conducts the occasional Mass, he will bow to a church that adamantly opposes same-sex unions. But as mayor of this farming village deep in Brittany’s heartland, Geffray is willing to conduct civil marriage ceremonies for gay and lesbian couples. “I belong to two institutions, the Republic and the church, which don’t have the same laws,” he said during an interview at his tiny office in City Hall. “I will abide by both.”
The group of Sullivan High School parents, teachers, and students lobbying for a straight-only prom have couched their anti-LGBT position in religious language, stating "We want to make the public see that we love the homosexuals, but we don't think it's right nor should it be accepted." Many religious leaders, however, have rejected the group's claims that LGBT people are "wrong" and that they should have a straight-only prom.
The nation's largest LGBT Catholic group on Feb. 11 encouraged cardinals who will elect the next pope to select someone who will be a shepherd to "all of God's people." The request followed news that Pope Benedict XVI is retiring this month due to health concerns.
Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, defended Uganda’s odious”Kill the Gays” bill and other legislation oppressing LGBT people. Last year, the National Catholic Register quoted Turkson as saying that the desire to imprison or execute gays and lesbians was understandable because hatred of gays is so ingrained in Africa: “The intensity of the reaction [to homosexuality] is probably commensurate with tradition.”