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Jesuit college backs down, permits lesbian couple to enter Valentine’s contest

February 06, 2012

A Jesuit college in Philadelphia is permitting a lesbian alumni couple to enter its “How I Met My Hawk Mate” Valentine’s Day contest.

The Saint Joseph’s University Alumni Association had originally forbidden the couple to enter the contest. Following vocal opposition from alumni, the university permitted the couple to enter the contest.

“As a Catholic, Jesuit university, Saint Joseph’s University is a welcoming, inclusive community,” the university said in a statement. “Our focus is on respect and caring for all individuals as individuals.”

“Saint Joseph’s University fully supports and is in agreement with the Catholic Church’s teachings regarding homosexuality and same-sex marriage,” the statement added.


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  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Feb. 08, 2012 9:32 PM ET USA

    Well,it is difficult to be on both sides of the fence and make everyone happy.

  • Posted by: mamato085337 - Feb. 07, 2012 7:28 AM ET USA

    Shame on you for backing down. We're losing the battle, my Catholic friends. Between prelates who refuse to excommunicate "Catholic" politicians, and spineless universities like this, the future for us is frightening.

  • Posted by: todway1041 - Feb. 06, 2012 7:57 PM ET USA

    There's no need for them to pander to the homosexual lobby. Avoid sin, and the near-occasions of sin. Turning a blind eye toward it is craven. And the weasel words about how stalwart the university is, blah blah. Yeah, right.

  • Posted by: Defender - Feb. 06, 2012 2:28 PM ET USA

    The irony... St. Joseph's University is in Archbishop Charles Chaput' Philadelphia. Doing a quick search for the word "mandatum" and nothing appears for this "Catholic Jesuit university" no surprise, either.