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Gay UP man sent to vestibule during Catholic Mass


A gay Upper Peninsula man says he will worship elsewhere after he was barred from his Catholic church's sanctuary during Mass.



Bobby G. Brown tells WLUC-TV that he was told he could listen to Sunday's service from the vestibuleat St. Michael Catholic Church in Marquette.


On Saturday, Brown and partner Don Roberts held a backyard commitment ceremony after 31 years together.


Brown began attending Mass at St. Michael eight years ago, became a member five years later and was baptized in the church. He's served on the pastoral council, as a cantor, lector and choir member.


Marquette Bishop John Doerfler says in a statement that qualifications for public ministry in the Catholic Church include observing church teachings.


The church opposes gay marriage and considers homosexual acts sinful.



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