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Can 'true Catholics' support marriage equality?


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June 20, 2012

Jim Smith is a former Roman Catholic priest who left his post with the church 10 years ago. He's an ex-priest for several reasons, he says, but one of his main concerns was the church's stance against marriage equality and other LGBT issues.

But Smith remains a Catholic - though he says being a Catholic who actively campaigns for marriage equality can be difficult these days.

"I'd much rather this wasn't happening," Smith says of the division that the issue has created among Minnesota Catholics. "But it does provide some real opportunities because it challenges us to talk to each other, Catholics talking to other Catholics."

Roman Catholics are speaking up for LGBT people and marriage equality. Take note of what other Catholics are doing across the country.