LONG BEACH - Jamie Manson is Catholic and gay.
The Holy Trinity High School graduate wants to keep practicing her faith, but she says the church doesn't make her and her partner feel very welcome.
"I remember one Sunday in particular where we were driving around saying, 'Where can we go?'" says Manson, of Long Beach. "Where can we go that we don't have to be afraid of hearing a really anti-gay sermon?"
Manson majored in theology at St. John's University and has her Master's degree in Catholic theology from Yale. But as an openly gay woman, Manson feels as though she's been shut out of working in the church, or even in a homeless outreach program.
Manson isn't alone. A story in Newsday today points out that the relationship between many gay Catholics and the church is highly complex.
Sister Mary Ann Walsh, a spokesperson for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops says,"Everyone is welcome in the Catholic Church. Orientation is not a disqualifier." However, while some people feel accepted, many others do not.
News 12 Long Island reached out to the Diocese of Rockville Centre for comment, but has not heard back.