Follow him on Twitter JayParini. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author. CNN -- Same-sex marriage has risen into the headlines again, as the U. Supreme Court mulls over whether or not it should weigh in on its constitutionality.
The doors to the cathedral were opened to them, and they were welcomed personally by the leader of the Archdiocese of Newark, Cardinal Joseph W. I am your brother, as a sinner who finds mercy with the Lord. But Cardinal Tobin, whom Pope Francis appointed to Newark last year, is among a small but growing group of bishops changing how the American church relates to its gay members. They are seeking to be more inclusive and signaling to subordinate priests that they should do the same. My prayer for them is that they do.
The announcement is key in part because LGBT members have historically reported that church leaders encouraged them to attend therapy aimed at changing their sexual orientation, said Troy Williams with the group Equality Utah. Moreover, most members of the Utah Legislature are members of the church, and its positions can hold outsized sway. Supporters of the proposal have worked with the church to address concerns about religious freedom and make sure that counseling in line with church teachings on marriage and sexuality won't come under the proposed ban, said Marty Stephens, a lobbyist for the church. The faith opposes same-sex marriage and sexual intimacy, but it has taken a more welcoming stance to LGBT people in recent years.