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Roman Catholic Church in Minnesota Refuses to Confirm Pro-Equality Teen

Post submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications

A Roman Catholic priest at a Church in Minnesota is refusing to offer Confirmation – a central rite of the Catholic faith – to a teenager who did not support the failed attempt to write discrimination into the state constitution. The teen posted a picture of himself to Facebook posing with a sign that said “Equal Rights” and “Vote No” on the proposed amendment that would ban loving, committed same-sex couples from marrying.

The parish also is refusing to allow the teen’s family to receive communion at the church. The incident is taking place in the Diocese of Crookston; a diocese that donated at least $50,000 toward efforts to pass the anti-equality amendment, according to a report HRC released today. Overall, the Roman Catholic Church spent nearly $1.3 million on efforts to codify discrimination against LGBT people in the state constitution. 

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