Last October in a speech, Minnesota's Archbishop John C. Nienstedt told Minnesota's priests that any priest who does not support the proposed constitutional ban on marriage for same-sex couples should remain silent and instead should speak to the Archbishop privately.
The groups Rainbow Sash, Equality Illinois and the Gay Liberation Network are scheduled to hold a protest on Jan. 8 in response to comments made by Cardinal Francis George in which the cardinal compared LGBT advocates to the Ku Klux Klan.
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."
In the days following Chicago Cardinal Francis George’s comparison that the LGBT movement could “morph into something like the Ku Klux Klan, demonstrating in the streets against Catholicism,” LGBT-affirming Catholics have spoken out against such harmful words and for the unity of their church with the LGBT community.
Donna Fountain carried her list, titled "My Dreams," with her everywhere. Her goals were to find a great job, buy a house by age 45, start a sanctuary for gay and lesbian teens, marry the woman of her dreams and watch her son, Elijah, graduate from college. Sadly, Donna died in a hit-and-run accident on Christmas morning.
Ellen Scallen, an openly lesbian law professor, talks about the challenges she and her partner face without the ability to get married in Minnesota. Scallen and her siblings are Catholic, and they discuss how they will vote in 2012 when a constitutional amendment banning marriage for same-sex couples is on the ballot.
Rev. Mark Harris, president of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, supports the proposed constitutional amendment that would ban marriage for same-sex couples as well as place restrictions on domestic partnerships and civil unions for all couples. Harris has said he hopes the debate will remain "civil" in the state.