Gay UP Man Sent to Vestibule During Catholic Mass

Wednesday Jun 18, 2014

A gay Upper Peninsula man says he will worship elsewhere after he was barred from his Catholic church's sanctuary during Mass.

Bobby G. Brown tells WLUC-TV ( ) that he was told he could listen to Sunday's service from the vestibule at St. Michael Catholic Church in Marquette.

On Saturday, Brown and partner Don Roberts held a backyard commitment ceremony after 31 years together.

Brown began attending Mass at St. Michael eight years ago, became a member five years later and was baptized in the church. He's served on the pastoral council, as a cantor, lector and choir member.

Marquette Bishop John Doerfler says in a statement that qualifications for public ministry in the Catholic Church include observing church teachings.

The church opposes gay marriage and considers homosexual acts sinful.

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  • , 2014-06-18 12:15:39

    for the life of me, i don’t know why gay people continue to subject themselves to the humiliating and degrading treatment of the catholic church. if a congregation is attending their services then it seems to me the congregation is condoning the behavior of the church and either they don’t care or are for humiliating its members. Did anyone in the church stand up and say, "this is not right, come sit by me"? if not, then they are all guilty.

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