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.
Leaders of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Chicago were concerned that this year's Pride parade would disrupt Sunday masses. Pride organizers and the church leaders have come to a compromise, and the parade will start at noon instead.
Fifty Christian clergy and lay leaders in Anchorage, Alaska, announced the formation of Christians for Equality. Christians for Equality was formed around the ongoing work to pass a non-discrimination ordinance that protects lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in hiring, housing and education.