My church opposes gay marriage, I'm ashamed and disgraced
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I would never have classed myself as a deeply spiritual or dedicated Catholic, however in my early teens I attended mass around once a week. I believed (and still do) in God and I even used to read prayers at mass once a month. However, one Saturday evening in 2013 at the weekly vigil I suddenly felt separated from the religion that I had been brought up to believe in and respect. It was during the priest’s sermon when he pointed to the back of the room and urged the congregation to sign the petition that he had placed there. At the age of 16, like many young people I had become very sceptical about a number of issues and to question many things. So, when my parish priest urged me and a further 100 or so members of the congregation to formally oppose gay marriage I was stunned. As a white straight guy I’ve of course never encountered homophobia and have never been the victim of bullying for my race, background or appearance, so this was the first time that I had ever thought about how influential people, especially in religion and politics, have come to demonise and essentially bully particular groups of people.
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