Pope’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban Stirs Outrage & Disappointment in the LGBTQ Community

The Vatican’s recent ban on same-sex marriage blessings has rightfully stirred up feelings of both outrage and disappointment in the LGBTQ community. Activists, actors, and everyday people took to social media to share exactly what they think about the Pope’s proclamation that God “can’t bless sin.” Read on for the full story.

Pope’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban Stirs Outrage & Disappointment in the LGBTQ Community

Earlier this week, the Vatican (the Catholic Church’s governing arm led by Pope Francis) issued a document answering questions regarding whether priests and other clergy members can bless same-sex unions.

Their 2-page formal response boiled down to one word: No. Why? Because God “cannot bless sin.” Throughout the week, the LGBTQ community and its allies took to social media to share exactly what they think about the church’s stance (further explained in the video below).

Reactions ranged from absolute outrage and disappointment to utter disinterest in what the Pope thinks about gay marriage. Let’s take a look at some of the top reactions.

LGBTQ Community’s Reaction to Vatican’s Ban on Gay Marriage Blessings

Chasten Buttigieg reacted to the news by sharing a gorgeous wedding-day photo of himself and his husband Pete (newly confirmed US Secretary of Transportation). The message (minus emojis) very simply reads:

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Love is love. Gay marriage is legal. The Pope isn’t your County Clerk. Register for the fancy sheets and wine glasses. Peace and blessings.

The Tweet has 163.2K likes and 14.8 retweets as of today.

Elton John took to Instagram to call out the Church’s hypocrisy. He wrote,

How can the Vatican refuse to bless gay marriages because they “are sin”, yet happily make a profit from investing millions in “Rocketman” – a film which celebrates my finding happiness from my marriage to David?? #hypocrisy

Screenshot via Elton John on Instagram

He’s alluding to the Vatican’s investments in the Centurion Global Fund, which helped pay for the aforementioned films’ production.

Another singer/songwriter, Lauren Jauregui, didn’t mince words when she slammed the Vatican’s proclamation. In a Tweet with more than 19.5K likes and 3.5K retweets, she wrote,

Also let’s not forget how most Catholics that exist today got here..look up “The Inquisition” and “The Crusades” I promise you that marrying a couple that loves each other is the least of the Church’s worries as far as disobeying God goes.

Jauregui’s referring to the Catholic Church’s brutal slaughter of an estimated 50-68 MILLION people during those times.

Unitarian Pastor and author of the blog “Stuff That Needs To Be Said ” John Pavlovitz, wrote on Twitter,

Dear Catholic Church, It doesn’t matter whether you bless same-gender marriage or not. God already does. God created LGBTQ people. God gave free will. God is love. One day you’ll wake up and realize your discrimination is a sin.

Journalist Don Lemon slammed (albeit politely) the Pope’s stance on The Daily Caller, saying

“I think that the Catholic Church and many other churches really need to re-examine themselves and their teachings. That’s not what God is about. God is not about hindering people or even judging people.”

Watch the video below for more of his reaction.

John Becker of Catholics for Choice weighed in with his thoughts, saying “This statement is hurtful to the many LGBTQ Catholics who still remain in the church.”

Then there’s this heartbreaking message from Jason Steidl, who wrote across several tweets,

My friend who volunteered with the Trevor Project, a suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth, said that the lines always light up after the Roman Catholic Church issues statements like today’s. This is is the tragedy of today’s statement. It won’t be bishops or the pope who suffer. It will be vulnerable people— the young, those who are not seen, who will suffer most. The CDF’s theology has deadly consequences for LGBTQ people. The church puts forward a theology of death that contradicts the gospel of life. When will church leaders start to pay attention to the lives and spiritualities they’ve destroyed? There can be no more excuses for teaching that kills.


Many, like “GrumpyGrannie,” pointed out the fact that the church protects pedophiles yet denies same-sex couples:

Others asked if the ban on blessings applies to couples who make it clear that they don’t plan to procreate, as the Church believes that reproduction is the ONLY “god-approved” reason to have sex.

The list goes on, with everyone from actors to everyday people calling out the Church’s discrimination against LGBTQ members. Perhaps Jaime Hizynski said it best of all, though. She wrote,

The Catholic Church needs a lesson in what a sin is. But at the end of the day the best thing is no one needs their permission to love someone. Love is Love. Love freely. Everyone deserves it

What is your reaction to the Vatican’s ban on blessing same-sex marriages? Were you surprised by their stance? Share below.

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