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Can 'true Catholics' support same-sex marriage?
Ex-priest Jim Smith, opponent of Minnesota's ballot to ban same-sex marriages, says these are difficult days to be Catholic.
June 20th, 2012
09:35 AM ET

Can 'true Catholics' support same-sex marriage?

By Chris Welch, CNN

Minneapolis (CNN) - 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 same-sex marriage and other LGBT issues.

But Smith remains a Catholic - though he says being a Catholic who actively campaigns for legalized same-sex marriages 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."

Minnesota has become the newest epicenter in the same-sex marriage fight. This November, voters will decide whether they want an amendment added to the state's constitution that would ban marriage between members of the same sex.

Smith will be voting "no." And he has helped spearhead efforts in the state to persuade other Catholics to do the same.

A group he helped form,  Catholics for Marriage Equality-Minnesota, aims "to encourage Catholics to consider the profound sacredness of same-gender relationships and to defeat this marriage amendment," Smith says.

Vatican edicts against same-sex marriage often give Catholic same-sex marriage supporters the impression they're in the minority.

Related story: Same-sex marriage by the numbers 

But a recent poll by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) suggests 59% of American Catholics support rights allowing gay and lesbian couples to legally marry. One reason behind that statistic - says PRRI CEO Robert P. Jones - is because U.S. Catholics "overwhelmingly reject the idea that sexual orientation can be changed." A PRRI poll bears that out – with 69% of Catholics nationwide saying a person's sexual orientation cannot be changed.

In the Midwest alone, Catholics are evenly divided on the issue of same-sex marriage -– with 46% in favor, 47% against.

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Like Jim Smith, Michelle LaFrance is a Catholic who has also taken the bold step against the church in support of marriage equality.

"I remember thinking 'wow, maybe I shouldn't [remain a Catholic],' " LaFrance said. Ultimately they've remained with the Catholic faith, citing its many positive aspects including going to church. It's an important weekly ritual for LaFrance, her husband and their three kids.

"The Catholic Church, despite the media [attention] it typically gets, does a lot of great things, a lot of great social justice," LaFrance said. She noted the church "feeds the poor, houses the homeless, takes care of the abused."

The LaFrance family belongs to the Church of St. Margaret Mary in the Minneapolis suburb of Golden Valley, a congregation which LaFrance describes as fairly progressive. She says the majority of her fellow parishioners agree with her stance on same-sex marriage.

But when LaFrance hears the archdiocese telling people how they should think about it, she can't help but sometimes feel like less of a Catholic.

"I don't think anybody - whatever their religious denomination - whole-heartedly follows every single rule down to the letter."

Related story: U.S. history of same-sex marriage

On the other side of the debate stands Dave Deavel.

Although he agrees with LaFrance to an extent, he says he believes there are certain pillars of the Catholic faith that people should follow. One of those is the church stance that marriage should remain between one man and one woman.

"The whole point of what the church teaches is to form people's consciences," Deavel says.

For Deavel, his wife and their five children, attending church is so important they strive to go multiple times a week.

He's active with Minnesota for Marriage, which supports of the same-sex-marriage ban, and has written various blog posts on the topic for the Minnesota Catholic Conference.

Asked whether he believes a person can be "less of a Catholic" for disagreeing with the church, Deavel says the Vatican "doesn't really have a certain category for 'less of a Catholic.' "

"But they certainly don't represent what the church teaches," he said. "Is it a spiritual problem? I think yes."

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In a written statement the MCC said groups such as Catholics for Marriage Equality "do not have any right to call their organizations 'Catholic.'"

In the past, the conference has issued statements accusing Catholics for Marriage Equality of trying "to confuse Catholics and the public about authentic church teaching" on marriage.

"Catholics for Marriage Equality MN attempts to convince Catholics that they can be in good standing with the church and oppose church teaching about human sexuality and marriage, which centers on the complementarity of the sexes and the mutual self-gift of loving spouses in marital union," said an MCC statement.

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis declined CNN's request for an interview, but it agreed with sentiments expressed by the Minnesota Catholic Conference.

Does church doctrine make it impossible for same-sex marriage supporters to be true Catholics?

"There is no judgment intended about an individual's 'Catholicity' or 'Catholic-ness,' " says MCC spokeswoman Jessica Zittlow.

Minnesota's November ballot proposal to ban same-sex marriage isn't an amendment against LGBT individuals, say the MCC and the St. Paul and Minneapolis Archdiocese. Instead, they say it should strictly be viewed as an amendment supporting traditional marriage.

For ex-priest Jim Smith, grappling with the issue has been difficult - a personal struggle that extends to the heart of his faith.

The inner conflict between what Smith believes is right and his love for the church has pushed him to consider leaving the Catholic religion altogether.

In the end, Smith vows he will stay. "It's in my bones."

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: 2012 Election • Catholic Church • Christianity • Faith • Minnesota • Politics • Polls • Same-sex marriage

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  1. Wonder

    This conversation illustrates the importance of not conflating the Catholic Church with the hierarchy of that church, although this is an understandable and common error since the hierarchy itself encourages it. Pope John XXIII opened the window to the voice of The Spirit when he convened Vatican II, and ever since then the hierarchy has been doing their best to slam it shut again. This effort is doomed to failure. Our would-be shepherds have gone astray because the voice they are trying so hard to ignore is that of The Advocate whom Our Lord promised us during His last discourse, and He also warned that all sins will be forgiven except the sin against the Holy Spirit. The council recognized the universal priesthood of the people of God, the voice of the spirit as understood by those people as the only valid guide for the journey of His pilgrim Church, and the primacy of individual conscience. This is hardly a new or radical idea but rather a return to the very roots of our church as defined by Paul in his letter to the Romans where he takes great pains to describe the utter futility of attempting to please God by following an elaborate set of rules such as a thick catechism. Instead, the apostle explains that the only way to a right relationship with Him is through having the faith to accept His free gift of grace. The voice of The Spirit will be a sure guide to the joy of a life united with God for all with the courage to make the leap of faith required to hear it. No human intermediary in possible or required. If our hearts do not condemn us, neither does God condemn us. This is a frightening concept for many who long for a guide to instruct them along every step of their pilgrimage through life, but faith will lead the way if we only allow it. They who have ears to hear, let them hear. What is far more frightening to me is the idea of ignoring the voice of God within me in favor of the dictates of a cabal of old men who have proven themselves unworthy of such a sacred trust through their corrupt, misogynistic, bigoted, and child-abusing ways. The Vatican? I answer to a higher authority.

    June 20, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
    • marsmotel

      You should be answering to a doctor, you creepy mental patient.

      June 20, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      What marsmotel meant to say was" I am unable to comprehend your point "

      June 20, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
    • marsmotel

      No, I understand real well. You, sir, are creepy as well if you believe that non-sense and teach these stories made up by 12 rabbi's to control the masses. You do not know me or my intelligence. I know if you right that crap, there is something very wrong mentally and I feel really bad for you that you need something imaginary to believe in to walk the Earth. I hope you have no kids and stay in your weird church where they dress like KKK members and kneel to imaginary people in the sky. And I am the crazy one...

      June 20, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
    • ForGoodOfAll

      No, marsmotel – it is YOU that has a problem. So sorry for you...

      June 20, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      God speaks to people all the time.
      In 2008, He told Boyce Singleton Jr. to shoot and stab his pregnant girlfriend.
      Deanna Laney heard God direct her to bludgeon her three sons, aged 9, 6 and 15 months. Only the youngest survived.
      Blair Donnelly received instructions to stab to death his 16 year old daughter, Stephanie.
      Christopher Varian was slaughtered with a cheese knife after God spoke with one of his employees.
      God told Jennifer Cisowski to dash her infant's head on the rocks, so ""Just like Jesus raised Lazarus, I threw the baby on the stones by the pool."
      Khandi Busby got a direct message from God advising her that the only way to save her 6 and 8 year old boys was to toss them off a bridge in Dallas. Fortunately, they survived.
      Angel Rico says he received a divine command to strangle his 4 year old son, so he did just that and left him at the side of the highway.
      Lashaun Harris threw her 3 kids – aged 6, 2 and 16 months, into the San Francisco Bay after God let her know that He wanted a human sacrifice.
      All of these people have been found legally insane by the judicial system.
      If you hear God's voice speaking to you, it's time to check in with your local psych ward.

      June 21, 2012 at 8:54 am |
  2. The Rev 2012

    Marriage is a faith based issue you can't separate the two. Not just in Christianity, but in other religions as well. Now if the government chooses to offer them a civil union that is legally based. I still wouldn't support it but that is a legal distinction. You speak of equal rights what rights are they denied? They have to enter by the back door? Separate drinking fountain? Oh I know they have to sit in the back of the bus?

    June 20, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
    • myweightinwords

      So atheists and agnostics are not allowed to get married?

      The only people capable of performing a marriage ceremony is a cleric of some religion?

      Marriage is a legal contract that the government oversees. As such it is a civil matter. It is a civil right that is currently being denied to a portion of our population.

      June 20, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Rev, try marrying a couple in your church without a state-issued license and see how far that union holds up in court.

      June 20, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
    • YeahRight

      "You speak of equal rights what rights are they denied? They have to enter by the back door? Separate drinking fountain? Oh I know they have to sit in the back of the bus?"

      Tax Benefits
      -–Filing joint income tax returns with the IRS and state taxing authorities.
      -–Creating a "family partnership" under federal tax laws, which allows you to divide business income among family members.

      Estate Planning Benefits
      -–Inheriting a share of your spouse's estate.
      -–Receiving an exemption from both estate taxes and gift taxes for all property you give or leave to your spouse.
      -–Creating life estate trusts that are restricted to married couples, including QTIP trusts, QDOT trusts, and marital deduction trusts.
      -–Obtaining priority if a conservator needs to be appointed for your spouse – that is, someone to make financial and/or medical decisions on your spouse's behalf.

      Government Benefits
      -–Receiving Social Security, Medicare, and disability benefits for spouses.
      -–Receiving veterans' and military benefits for spouses, such as those for education, medical care, or special loans.
      -–Receiving public as-sistance benefits.
      -–Employment Benefits
      -–Obtaining insurance benefits through a spouse's employer.
      -–Taking family leave to care for your spouse during an illness.
      -–Receiving wages, workers' compensation, and retirement plan benefits for a deceased spouse.
      -–Taking bereavement leave if your spouse or one of your spouse's close relatives dies.

      Medical Benefits
      -–Visiting your spouse in a hospital intensive care unit or during restricted visiting hours in other parts of a medical facility.
      -–Making medical decisions for your spouse if he or she becomes incapacitated and unable to express wishes for treatment.

      Death Benefits
      -–Consenting to after-death examinations and procedures.
      -–Making burial or other final arrangements.

      Family Benefits
      -–Filing for stepparent or joint adoption.
      -–Applying for joint foster care rights.
      -–Receiving equitable division of property if you divorce.
      -–Receiving spousal or child support, child custody, and visitation if you divorce.

      Housing Benefits
      -–Living in neighborhoods zoned for "families only."
      -–Automatically renewing leases signed by your spouse.

      Consumer Benefits
      -–Receiving family rates for health, homeowners', auto, and other types of insurance.
      -–Receiving tuition discounts and permission to use school facilities.
      -–Other consumer discounts and incentives offered only to married couples or families.
      -–Other Legal Benefits and Protections
      -–Suing a third person for wrongful death of your spouse and loss of consortium (loss of intimacy).
      -–Suing a third person for offenses that interfere with the success of your marriage, such as alienation of affection and criminal conversation (these laws are available in only a few states).
      -–Claiming the marital communications privilege, which means a court can't force you to disclose the contents of confidential communications between you and your spouse during your marriage.
      -–Receiving crime victims' recovery benefits if your spouse is the victim of a crime.
      -–Obtaining immigration and residency benefits for noncitizen spouse.
      -–Visiting rights in jails and other places where visitors are restricted to immediate family.

      June 20, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
    • The Rev 2012

      Apparently I need to simplify for the simple minded the term marriage which was defined by religion as a man and a woman the courts and the states determined that a license was necessary. I am sure some one thought it was a great way to make money. Also the original intent of a marriage license in the US was to keep whites from marrying outside the race. So actually the marriage license is based on discrimination

      June 20, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  3. marsmotel

    Catholics can't even back up their own religion!

    June 20, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
    • JohnnyC

      Hardly. The Catholic Faith is genuine. It originates in Matthew 16:18, wherein Christ promised the Church of God he was founding would stand the test of time, and that the "gates of Hell shall not prevail against it." They have not, and they will not.

      June 20, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
    • NOT MY CHAIR

      johny how does that make it genuine? the Jews have been around longer than the Christians so technically they are beating you

      June 20, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      Beating us? Is it a contest?

      June 20, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  4. Don

    If science and reason are hard to understand, try religión .

    June 20, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      Religion is easy. Make cra.p up, use the word interpretation or context when someone points out an inconsistency, and make sure that you just continue with an original fallacious premise. Don't forget trying to legislate what you think is moral on others, and to condemn anyone that doesn't agree with you to eternal torture.

      June 20, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
    • NOT MY CHAIR

      you forgot the part about collecting money so you dont have to work from your followers

      June 20, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      Oh yea, I just couldn't be in that mindset to long. It hurt my head to be that intellectually dishonest.

      June 20, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      I know that no theist believe they are smarter than people of faith but I am persuaded otherwise by the constant steam of sarcasm and vilification. My personal feeling is that they suffer from a disorder of intellectual hubris that renders them both incapable of comprehending the divine coupled with an incredible incapacity for common courtesy. Just a hypothesis I am currently testing.

      June 20, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  5. Coug9

    Where is this individuals biblical reference for his support of gay-marriage? You cant be hypocrticial, following only those teachings you agree with.

    June 20, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
    • QS

      If that's the case, then every single individual person that has ever existed and believed in any given religion, was a hypocrite.

      June 20, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
    • NOT MY CHAIR

      isn't that what all Christians do? pick and choose what parts of the bible they want to believe and completely ignore the others?

      June 20, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  6. Fair

    Gays might have to be allowed to get married, but should –NOT– be allowed to adopt kids!

    June 20, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
    • taint

      And you should go back and learn better sentence structure.

      June 20, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
    • Madtown

      Right!!! Adoption should only be allowed for hetero couples, who divorce at an alarmingly high rate and also practice domestic abuse far too often.

      June 20, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
    • QS

      Ah, the old "save the kids" argument – one of my absolute favorites among the long list of irrational arguments religious people ever invoke.

      June 20, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
    • Ken Margo

      Yeah, hetero marriage is soooooo perfect. Let's see. divorce, abuse of wife and kids, killing of spouse and children etc. Oh by the way, the logic that gay parents will make adopted children gay doesn't make sense because how come gay people come from straight parents?

      June 20, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
    • YeahRight

      "Gays might have to be allowed to get married, but should –NOT– be allowed to adopt kids!"

      The experts disagree with you.

      Social science has shown that the concerns often raised about children of lesbian and gay parents—concerns that are generally grounded in prejudice against and stereotypes about gay people—are unfounded. Overall, the research indicates that the children of lesbian and gay parents do not differ from the children of heterosexual parents in their development, adjustment, or overall well-being.

      June 20, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
    • michele

      Why? Kids are resilient to anything. Most adoptions are open now a days and if birth parents want to choose gays, that is their business. Older children are harder to place, and if they mutually click, what does it matter - everyone wins!

      June 20, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
  7. Brenda O'Connor

    The Church has total control of administering the sacrament of matrimony – it does not, nor should it have any control over civil marriages or marriages conducted by other churches.

    June 20, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      Perfectly concise and cogent.

      June 20, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  8. Jose

    As a Catholic, I think we have to just look past it and not deal with it. If you come to church and you believe in Jesus Christ, come on down. I'm not going to ask, so please don't tell. I don't tell you I have drinking problem, PLEASE don't tell me you married another Man/Woman.

    June 20, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
    • Patrick

      That seems like a very unhealthy policy for a community.

      June 20, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  9. Preston

    Answer is "yes"

    June 20, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
    • Philip Hades

      Actually the answer is "no" just ask the Pope.
      Of course if you're using birth control, practicing self-gratification, or any other number of things you probably do all the time, you're a bad Catholic as well. The Catholic church is VERY strict about dogma and who get's to interpret what. The basic nature of the church is that individuals do not get to decide what is right and wrong, they don't even get to talk to God. Everything goes through the church hierarchy.

      June 20, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  10. Josh

    One things these articles do well is demonstrate how insecure and childish the atheists that visit this website are. 🙂

    June 20, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      as well as the terrible English skills of the bloggers

      June 20, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
    • taint

      Insecurity is continuing to follow fables because your scared of dying.

      June 20, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
    • NOT MY CHAIR

      insecure? yea thats why we go to a building once a week to have some one read a book to us our entire lives so we dont feel crazy believing in magic and fairy tales

      June 20, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
    • QS

      Not that we are, but you'd probably be a bit insecure too if you found yourself awash in a sea of lunatics as we do!

      June 20, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
    • Philip Hades

      I think they also demonstrate how little most religious people know about their own faiths.

      June 20, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  11. Azhermit

    The Catholic Church will be here until the end of time... Sodomites can bark at the moon until then. Quite frankly, culture and cafeteria Catholics should do the Church a favor and leave... form your own church of self worshiping creatures. Good riddance to the unfaithful Catholic goats, e.g., Pelosi's, Cuomo's, Sebellius', and Biden's of the world.

    June 20, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
    • You can't possibly think Ali

      Ain't gonna have nobody left except you at that rate deary. You can't possibly think Almighty God is that small.

      June 20, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
    • LOL Religion

      If all the cafeteria Catholics left the RCC, not even the Pope would be left.

      June 20, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
    • billybob snaketail

      Poop bentdick was a brownshirt.
      how christian.

      June 20, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
    • billybob snaketail

      100's of "sodomites' wear priest robes.

      June 20, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
    • marsmotel

      Please check yourself in to the next mental hospital you see!

      June 20, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
    • QS

      I detect a hint of desperation in that comment.

      June 20, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
    • CMH

      That would be great. That would leave about 5% of the 'real church' left. Then see how much pull they have trying to change laws to force their religion on everyone else.

      The Catholic Church should clean house and get rid of anyone who thinks divorce, contraception, and tolerance of gays is not central to what brings them to God.

      June 20, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  12. Jewish

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wk21I9nCro&w=640&h=390]

    June 20, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
    • billybob snaketail

      Nice hat!
      smells like cheese!

      June 20, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
    • taint

      Yeah for the love of god could these guys bathe once in a while?

      June 20, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
    • NOT MY CHAIR

      i never quit understood how you can see them walking around in 90°f weather in their full get up and not die of heat exhaustion

      June 20, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  13. HPN

    Well I suppose if the they still support a hierchy of pedophiles they can support just about anything.

    June 20, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
    • John

      So Grandpa, who should be allowed to be a citizen? A soldier that fights for our country? A number of them are gay. The nurse that treats your illnesses? A number of them are gay. The person who delivers your mail? A number of them are gay. Just tell your grand children how vile it is and you may not have them gathering around you in your old age.

      June 20, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  14. Grandpa

    Gays should not be allowed to be U.S. citizens, nor are they patriots. They should not get married either, not should they be allowed to vote.

    June 20, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
    • Madtown

      Troll. Don't feed it.

      June 20, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
    • LOL Religion

      I recall Bush saying the same thing about atheists. He was wrong too.

      June 20, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
    • billybob snaketail

      Mitt Robotney likes to wear womens clothes and howl at the moon.

      June 20, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
    • You can't possibly think Ali

      I really wish straights would stop making gay babies.

      June 20, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
    • QS

      Rick Santorum....is that you?

      June 20, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
    • YeahRight

      "Gays should not be allowed to be U.S. citizens, nor are they patriots. They should not get married either, not should they be allowed to vote."

      That's why the Pentagon just celebrated gay pride day and recognized all the gay shoulders as patriots. Marriage is a civil right. Heterosexual behavior and homosexual behavior are normal aspects of human sexuality. Despite the persistence of stereotypes that portray lesbian, gay, and bisexual people as disturbed, several decades of research and clinical experience have led all mainstream medical and mental health organizations in this country to conclude that these orientations represent normal forms of human experience. The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Counseling Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, the American School Counselor Association, the National Association of School Psychologists, and the National Association of SocialWorkers, together representing more than 480,000 mental health professionals, have all taken the position that homosexuality is not a mental disorder and thus is not something that needs to or can be “cured."

      June 20, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  15. NOT MY CHAIR

    Ii can understand some one being ignorant, i mean faith in a religion. but to try and force your moral beliefs onto people who do not share them is not what this country is about!

    June 20, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
    • bama

      trying to redifine marriage is not what this country is about.

      June 20, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  16. CMH

    I was going to raise my kids with a strong religious foundation, but then I decided I'd rather they become logical thinkers. My mom lied to me about Jesus, God, and Santa Clause. The stories in the Bible are as plausible as Zeus turning into a swan to get it on with some mortal (or what that the Virgin Mary story? I get those confused.)

    June 20, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
    • QS

      You made the right choice! 🙂

      June 20, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  17. Husband + Wife only

    Yuck h.omos.exuals are not mentally healthy.... I mean common do you think two men holding hands, having poop s.ex is normal?! You must be a moron then

    June 20, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Just got home from your summer school class, huh? Bet it's tough trying to pass Algebra II, even if it IS your third try.

      June 20, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
    • LOL @ Atheism

      TomTom I bet you enjoy watching poop p.orn ain´t ya? 😀

      June 20, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
    • NOT MY CHAIR

      normal? no thats why they are considered a minority, but i guess you believe that the majority should force the minority into the majorities beliefs instead of having freedom to choose for themselves.

      June 20, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
    • bama

      well said!!!

      June 20, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
    • Ken Margo

      What about lesbians?

      June 20, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
    • QS

      Following this, uh, logic (?), over half of straight people are "mentally unhealthy".

      June 20, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
    • YeahRight

      "Yuck h.omos.exuals are not mentally healthy.... I mean common do you think two men holding hands, having poop s.ex is normal?!"

      Heterosexual behavior and homosexual behavior are normal aspects of human sexuality. Despite the persistence of stereotypes that portray lesbian, gay, and bisexual people as disturbed, several decades of research and clinical experience have led all mainstream medical and mental health organizations in this country to conclude that these orientations represent normal forms of human experience. The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Counseling Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, the American School Counselor Association, the National Association of School Psychologists, and the National Association of SocialWorkers, together representing more than 480,000 mental health professionals, have all taken the position that homosexuality is not a mental disorder and thus is not something that needs to or can be “cured."

      By the way straight couples have the same kind of sex. 😉

      June 20, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
    • TR6

      Yuck people who eat oysters are not mentally healthy.... I mean common do you think eating those slimy disgusting things is normal?! You must be a moron then

      June 20, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
  18. John

    Religion and rational morality do not mix.

    June 20, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  19. John

    Let's consult Santa Claus.

    June 20, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  20. LOL

    Hitler was right... he put gays in concentration camps too

    June 20, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
    • QS

      Anybody who can honeslty start a sentence with those 3 words is at best a sociopath.

      June 20, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
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