'For decades the Catholic hierarchy has been in need of desperate reform,' said Herndon Graddick (pictured), president of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. 'In his life, Jesus condemned gays zero times,' he added. 'In Pope Benedict’s short time in the papacy, he made a priority of condemning gay people routinely.'
When it comes to LGBT issues, the selection of Argentina's Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio as the next pope makes it a case of "meet the new boss, same as the old boss." When his nation was debating marriage equality in 2010, he was a staunch opponent, calling it a “destructive attack on God’s plan.”
"For decades the Catholic hierarchy has been in need of desperate reform. In his life, Jesus condemned gays zero times. In Pope Benedict's short time in the papacy, he made a priority of condemning gay people routinely. This, in spite of the fact, that the Catholic hierarchy had been abetting in the cover up the widespread abuse of children within its care. We hope this Pope will trade in his red shoes for a pair of sandals and spend a lot less time condemning and a lot more time foot-washing."
The conclave has ended and there is a new pope, Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina. While many people were hoping for a new and different direction related to the Vatican's relationship to LGBT people, it does not seem to be the case.
Rabbi Jason Klein was elected the new leader of the Reconstructionist Movement, a progressive Jewish community. Rabbi Klein is the first openly gay man to head a national rabbinic association in the United States.
In just two weeks, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider two cases about the freedom to marry. On March 26 & 27, thousands of people will gather in Washington, DC, for a rally outside of the Supreme Court at 8:30am. You can be one of them!