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A Gay Marriage in a Catholic Church

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Old St. Hilary’s in Tiburon, California

Old St. Hilary’s in Tiburon, California

I grew up Roman Catholic, and many special moments from my life are intertwined with this religion. From a very young age I was ingrained with the teaching “Love your neighbor as yourself.” So, when the Church came out with its official stance on gay marriage—that they accept gay people into the community but don’t condone their acting on it or getting married—I was very confused. Did loving your neighbor as yourself only apply if you were straight? I grappled deeply with this issue and eventually came to the decision to leave the Catholic Church. I found a nondenominational spiritual center in Los Angeles called Agape, meaning unconditional love. During each service there is a moment when our reverend asks anyone who is joining us for the first time to stand. We, as a congregation, then bless these people with statements like “We thank God for you, and we see who you truly are.” I will never forget one service and a woman who was sitting behind me. As I said the affirmations to her she teared up. After the service she hugged and thanked me because she, being gay, had never before felt fu …

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