Seniors at DeLaSalle High School were reportedly very upset when during a recent visit from Catholic representatives the officials made a comparison between gay marriage and bestiality.
The Minneapolis school, which bills itself as “a Catholic High school in the Lasallian tradition,” recently welcomed a talk from representatives of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.
The talk reportedly centered on the topic of marriage, its history and cultural impact. However, when the representatives seemed to suggest that kids who are adopted or live with single parents are “socially unstable” compared to kids with two parents of the opposite sex, and went on to compare same-sex marriage to bestiality, students became visibly upset, began arguing back during the question and answer session, and one student even held up a sign that read “I Love My Moms.”
A priest and a volunteer couple presented the information. When someone asked a question about two men being able to have a quality, committed relationship, the couple compared their love to bestiality, Bliss said.
“Most people got really upset,” said Bliss. “And comments about adopted kids, I found those to be really offensive. There were at least four kids there who are adopted.”
Hannah, who is adopted, said one of the presenters said that adopted kids were “sociologically unstable.” She called the comments “hurtful” and comparisons between gay love and bestiality upsetting.
“My friend said, ‘You didn’t just compare people to animals, did you?’” said Hannah. “I think everyone has a right to their opinion, and I don’t judge them on it. But we don’t force people to sit down so we can tell them their opinion is wrong.”
At one point, Bliss raised his hand and, “as politely as I could,” began to argue with the presenters. He used his knowledge of history to refute many of their points, and explained that various cultures have accepted and embraced homosexuality going back hundreds of years.
“I think they were surprised by the history I gave them and surprised that I was so calm,” said Bliss. “I don’t think they expected the response they got from the students.”
Kids who were offended by this message were allowed to stay afterward and discuss the stance with the Catholic representatives, but the situation apparently escalated and the officials left soon after.
The archdiocese reportedly put the controversy down to one representative using an “unfortunate example” while discussing same-sex marriage.
However, the overtly political timing of this talk has not been overlooked. Only seniors were invited in for the talk, that is to say only students who may be able to vote in the upcoming referendum that will see Minnesotans decide whether to codify the state’s existing ban on same-sex marriage and write discrimination into the constitution.