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2012 saw a new generation of religious voices speaking for LGBT equality. Some are new, and some have been around for a while. All of them have helped to change the religious landscape concerning LGBT people.
Last week, the Los Angeles Times ran an op-ed on Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s comments about LGBT people. Scalia’s son, Paul, is a Roman Catholic priest and has served as a chaplain to a Catholic organization known as “Courage”, a Roman Catholic LGBT celibacy group.
Seventeen-year old Lennon Cihak was denied confirmation after he posted a picture of himself on Facebook holding a sign he altered in support of the vote for marriage equality on Minnesota’s November 6th ballot.
When the issue of marriage equality is raised, one of the most common objections raised by the anti-LGBT crowd – and one of the most ironic - is that it will violate religious liberty. What is not being shared in these fear mongering speeches is that much of the public's support for LGBT people actually comes from within the religious communities.
The Roman Catholic Priest who denied communion to a lesbian woman at her mother’s funeral is no longer with the Diocese of Washington, according a Diocese spokesperson.
Father Marcel Guarnizo, the Roman Catholic priest who denied Barbara Johnson communion at her mother’s funeral because of her sexual orientation, has been placed on administrative leave. According to a statement from the Archdiocese, the suspension is for “engaging in intimidating behavior toward parish staff and others that is incompatible with proper priestly ministry.”
In recent years, the Roman Catholic Church has seen the divide grow between the actions of church leadership and what’s in the hearts of the people they are supposed to represent.