A parishioner, who was removed from volunteer duties at a Roman Catholic Church on New York's Long Island after he married another man, is demanding reinstatement, the Christian Broadcast Network website reports today (April 13, 2013).
Nicholas Coppola said he'll deliver petitions signed by more than 18,000 supporters to the Diocese of Rockville Centre.
Coppola -- who has been openly gay for years -- has been a Eucharistic minister, religion teacher, and visitor for home-bound sick. Last October, he married his partner under New York's same-sex marriage law.
The diocese says anyone in public ministerial positions must take public positions consistent with Catholic teachings.