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Charlotte Catholic diocese fires gay teacher for saying he’ll marry his partner

Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Charlotte Catholic High School
The local Roman Catholic diocese has come under fire again for anti-LGBT discrimination, this time firing a gay teacher after he announced he would marry his same-sex partner later this year. [...]

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Ireland Catholic priest comes out as gay during sermon, gets standing ovation

Saturday, January 10, 2015
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Father Martin Dolan, a priest at the Church of St Nicholas of Myra for 15 years, took the unusual step of coming out in support of same-sex marriage, adding, "I’m gay myself." [...]

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Miami archbishop threatens to fire employees who support gay marriage

Thursday, January 8, 2015
Archbishop Thomas Wenski
Archbishop Thomas Wenski said that conduct inconsistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church could lead to disciplinary action, including termination, even if it occurs outside the normal working day. [...]

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Vatican says bishops should be led by Pope on issues relating to gay families

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Vatican City
The Vatican is urging bishops to be guided by Pope Francis on family issues and pastoral care for gay and divorced Catholics and those living in civil unions. [...]

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Former music director of Chicago parish sues over anti-gay discrimination

Friday, December 5, 2014
Colin Collette
CHICAGO -- The longtime music director of a suburban Chicago parish has filed human rights complaints after he was fired earlier this year following his engagement to his same-sex partner. Colin Collette, who worked at Holy Family Catholic Church in Inverness for 17 years... [...]

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Archbishop bans speaker from Catholic support group meeting at Detroit parish

Friday, November 21, 2014
Francis DeBernardo
DETROIT -- The Archdiocese of Detroit has banned a Catholic support group from using a Detroit parish for a meeting with a pro-gay rights speaker. The Detroit Free Press reports Archbishop Allen Vigneron prohibited a talk by Francis DeBernardo for Catholic families with gay members that was scheduled for Saturday. [...]

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Pope reinforces ‘traditional’ family values in opening religious conference

Monday, November 17, 2014
Pope Francis
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis said Monday that children have the right to grow up with a mother and a father, emphasizing traditional family values as he opened an interreligious conference on the "complementarity" of men and women in marriage. [...]

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Hardline anti-gay U.S. cardinal loses another Vatican job

Sunday, November 9, 2014
Cardinal Raymond Burke
VATICAN CITY -- American Cardinal Raymond Burke, a fervent opponent of abortion and same-sex marriage, was removed by Pope Francis from another top Vatican post on Saturday. The removal of Burke as head of the Holy See's supreme court was widely expected in church circles. [...]

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Elton John at AIDS event: Pope Francis is my hero

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Elton John performs at the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s 13th Annual "An Enduring Vision" benefit at Cipriani's Wall Street on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in New York.
NEW YORK -- Elton John called Pope Francis "my hero" for his compassion and push to accept gays in the Catholic church, at his annual AIDS benefit. [...]

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Creighton University to offer same-sex benefits despite archbishop’s objection

Monday, October 27, 2014
St. John's Church at Creighton University.
OMAHA, Neb. -- Creighton University will soon begin offering health benefits to legally married same-sex spouses of its employees despite the objections of the local Catholic archbishop. Creighton President Rev. Timothy Lannon announced the change Monday. He said 21 of the 28 Jesuit universities already offer similar benefits. [...]

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