Father Geoffrey Farrow, 50, was removed as pastor of the Saint Paul Newman Center in Fresno, CA, according to the LA Times.
In response to Proposition 8, a state constitutional measure limiting marriage to one man and one woman (at a time), Farrow told his congregation,
How is marriage protected by intimidating gay and lesbian people into loveless and lonely lives? I am morally compelled to vote no of Proposition 8.He added,
I know these words of truth will cost me dearly, but to withhold them... I would become an accomplice to a moral evil that strips gay and lesbian people not only of their civil rights but of their human dignity as well.Farrow came out as gay in a television interview shortly before he delivered the sermon. The Catholic church responded,
Your statement contradicted the teaching of the Catholic Church and has brought scandal to your parish community as well as the whole Church.