Gay UP Man Sent To Vestibule During Catholic Mass


MARQUETTE (AP) - 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 vestibule at 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.

Information from: WLUC-TV,


  • Latest News

Enter To Win

Enter contests to win great prizes like CDs, DVDs, concert tickets and more

Special Section: World AIDS Day
Study Finds Significant Racial Disparities For HIV Infection Among Black And White MSM

A study published in the journal The Lancet HIV reports that there is a significant disparity in HIV prevalence between black and white men who have sex with men. The study was published on Nov. 18 and found a startling 32 percent prevalence rate for black men who have sex with men, compared with only eight percent for white men who have sex with men.

View More World AIDS Day
This Week's Issue

Download or view this week's print issue today!