Church Blocks Gay Singer From Helping With Charity Gala

Benji Douglas

kat williamsOnce again, nice things cannot be had due to annoying bigots. This time it’s the Catholic Charities Diocese of Charlotte, North Carolina. They held a charity gala on March 12, and at the last minute they told blues singer Kat Williams, who was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2012 for her Hands of Hope project,  not to bother showing up. The reason: she’s married to a woman.

Kat has sung twice at the gala in past years, and somehow, miraculously, the world didn’t end. Imagine that! It is possible for lesbians to sing a few songs and raise money for a good cause. Amazing.

An anonymous source with the religious group said “Marriage can only be between one man and one woman. Because Ms Williams chooses to be in a relationship that’s different from that, it really makes it inappropriate for her to perform for us.”

Exactly what kind of performance were they worried she’d engage in? Did they think she was going to go up there and start making out with women? Also, what’s with this “chooses to be in a relationship” garbage? What, would they prefer a sham marriage with a man she doesn’t love?

Apparently church officials found out about her marriage from a 2013 article where she talked openly about her personal life, which she should do because she’s done nothing wrong or shameful.

Kat Williams, for her part, has responded quite gracefully. She’s asking fans to donate to equality groups and an AIDS nonprofit. And she invited one of the bigoted bishops to come visit her church so he can see what a loving religious community looks like. Good for her.

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