April 18, 2012
Lisa Vanderlinden grew up a Roman Catholic. She went to a Catholic college, married in the church and taught at a Catholic high school. Six years ago, Jason, the youngest of Vanderlinden and husband Brandt’s four sons, came out as gay. He was 13, in the eighth grade and every bit as devout as his mother. The family continued to attend services in the large, suburban parish where they had worshiped for more than two decades. A talented composer even as a teen, Jason in particular loved the music and the liturgy. But as time went on it became increasingly painful to reconcile their consciences, which told them all four of their sons were worthy of the same rights, with the direction the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis was pushing the church to take.
Read about ongoing efforts by LGBT-affirming Catholics here: http://www.glaad.org/blog/catholics-mobilize-challenge-hierarchys-position-lgbt-people