Pennsylvania bishop criticizes appearance by gay-rights advocate on Catholic campus
February 17, 2009
Bishop Joseph Martino of Scranton, Pennyslvania, has protested a speech by Keith Boykin on the campus of Misericordia University. The bishop's "absolute disapproval" of Boykin's appearance is based on the speaker's support for legal recognition of same-sex marriage. Officials at Misericordia University, which is administered by the Religious Sisters of Mercy, replied to the bishop's criticism by observing that Boykin was speaking at an event for Black History month, and his speech was not intended to be "advocacy for any singular issue." The Misericordia press release noted that Boykin was a classmate of President Barack Obama.
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