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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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