ST. LOUIS -- A board member of a Catholic nonprofit organization who was told he could not become board president because he is gay is trying to rally support to modify the group's rules.
Jeffrey Goldone, who has been a vice president on the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of St. Louis board of directors for five years, was nominated for president in May. He accepted the nomination but was dropped from the running several weeks later.
"I was told that I could not run for president because my living relationship goes against Catholic moral teaching," which could bring 'shame and embarrassment" to the society, Goldone wrote in a Aug. 2 letter addressed to "fellow Vincentians."
Goldone has been in a relationship with his partner for 20 years.
"We are truly blessed by God to have each other and to have Jesus Christ in our lives. How could we be the source of 'shame and embarrassment?' " he wrote.
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