Above you see the recent message sent by St. Francis Xavier Parish in Acushnet, Massachusetts. It reads “Two men are friends, not spouses.”
The church’s director, Steven Guillotte, insists it is a neutral message. “We don’t feel that there’s anything hateful in it,” he said.
Protester Kim Miska, however, sees things differently: “I think it was bigoted … very ignorant. You can believe in what you want to believe in, but there’s no reason to shove it down everybody’s throat.”
The church has since removed the message, put up Tuesday, and replaced it with a more neutral message about the upcoming mass, yet deny their decision is over any kind of protest.
The message below the sign, in case you can’t read it, says, “You may not be welcome at this church, but all people are welcome in this community. Spread love, not hate.”