Category: Catholics and gays

Putin for Nobel Peace Prize; AZ Senator is Gay; Pope Francis Civil Unions

Putin for Nobel Peace Prize

I know this may sound odd given Putin’s stand on equal rights issues and gay hate laws, and the current situation in the Ukraine. But according to this article he’s been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. At the same time, it’s important to understand a few important things about the nominations first.

In order to secure a spot on the list, essentially all that’s required is for a group or individual who falls under the broad criteria set by the Nobel Committee to formally submit your name and good deeds. The committee then selects from these nominations, but takes no responsibility for the pool of candidates they choose from. This process has resulted in some truly terrible people being proposed over the years, including but not limited to: Joseph Stalin (twice), Adolf Hitler (as a protest), and Rush Limbaugh. Putin was also nominated last year and faced similar criticism as today.

It’s highly unlikely he’ll win.

You can read more here.

AZ Senator is Gay

Arizona state senator, Steve Gallardo, came out today as a result from fallout of the recent vetoed bill that sought to discriminate against gays by allowing business owners to turn gays away legally based on religious beliefs.

‘I am gay, I’m Latino and I’m a senator and it’s OK,’ Gallardo said at a news conference.

Gallardo, 45, had just announced last week his plans to run for congress. He is currently serving his second term in the senate after three terms in the state’s House of Representatives.

I think we’ll be hearing more of this in the coming months and years, from both Democrat and Republican career politicians. Gay is not limited to Democrats only.

You can read more here.

Pope Francis Civil Unions

The Pope has always been careful about what he says regarding gay marriage, however, he recently stated that the church might find civil unions okay. He’s clear about marriage being between one man and one woman, though.

But he went on to say: ‘The secular states uses civil unions to accommodate various arrangements of living together, driven by the need to regulate the economic relationship between people, such as ensuring health care.’

He added: ‘These are pacts of coexistence of various kinds, of which I could not identify the different forms. We have to look at different cases and evaluate them in their variety.’

It’s interesting to hear him speak this way. On the one hand it could be said he’s moving forward and this is good for gays, but on the other it could also be said he’s still looking at gays as second class citizens who don’t deserve the same equal rights in the Catholic religion (or anywhere) as straights. And, unfortunately, that’s just not something I’m willing to accept anymore. I want full equal rights. I don’t want anyone tossing me that proverbial bone anymore. To me this is like you can sit in the middle of the bus now, but you’re still not allowed to sit in the front row. Not good enough.

You can read more here.

Side note: I went through 12 years of Catholic school and was raised Catholic. I’ve been estranged from the church for many years because of their stand on gays.

Priest for Gays in Trinidad; Terrell Thomas Gets Confused with Gays

Priest for Gays in Trinidad

I know it’s unusual these days, but sometimes there’s something nice to read in the news and this is one I couldn’t resist. A Catholic priest recently gave a speech that calls for gays to be enshrined in a new constitution in Trinidad. He did this during a consultation, and made a point of saying the issue doesn’t even warrant further debate.

On the issue of sexual orientation being subject to further national discussion … discussion about what? Aren’t LGBT, aren’t they not humans still, yes or no?’ Fr Geofroy asked, according to the Trinidad Express.

I think it’s important to pay attention to these things because we often hear so many negatives with regard to gays and Catholics. I can say from personal experience, as someone who grew up Catholic and went through 12 years of Catholic school, most Catholics are not anti-gay. Tony’s family is Catholic, and so is mine. They aren’t anti-gay. So what we often hear on this topic comes from one segment of the Catholic religion, and usually the most conservative and most sensationalized to sell news.

You can read more here.

Terrell Thomas Gets Confused with Gays

Terrell Thomas of the New York Giants is having a difficult time with gays in pro football. For one thing, he’s afraid to say anything on the topic because he fears it might be taken out of context. He also thinks Michael Sam coming out has put too much pressure on him, and even worse, he’s terrified to think about what might happen if he walks around naked in the locker room with gay men.

Thomas is also concerned about a player’s ability to walk around the locker room naked.

‘There’s a lot of talk and joking around, and some guys walk around completely naked all the time, and they might not want to do that anymore,’ he said. ‘When you add that situation to the mix, I think it’s going to make some people uncomfortable.’

I actually don’t find any fault with this. It’s all new, it’s different, and it’s going to take a little time for guys like Thomas to realize they have nothing to worry about. If anything, I think it’s kind of cute that he would express his fears so honestly and I don’t think…at least from what I’ve read…he’s making any slams against gay people.

But Michael Sam has already addressed the locker room issue.

‘I think it’s a stereotype that gay people are predators,’ he said. ‘It’s very offensive.’ “(My being gay) shouldn’t matter if I work hard, if I make plays,’ Sam added. ‘That’s all that should matter. … Can he help us win games. I can. … I’m happy with who I am – I know how to play the game.”

Well said. There is this misconception about gay men lusting after straight men every waking moment of the day and nothing could be farther from the truth. If anything, it’s been my own personal experience that so-called straight men are all not so innocent. I’ve always found them to be more aggressive…even with gay men…than gay men.

At least Terrell Thomas is honest about his feelings, which I think is a good thing because it gets the issue out in the open once and for all so we can disabuse other straight men of these gay for you notions.

You can read more here.