When Casey and Mary Ellen Lopata's son Jim told them in 1983 that he is gay, the coming-out turned their world upside down. They never wavered in their love for Jim, 19 at the time, or in their love for and devotion to the Catholic Church.
For Casey, the question was, "Can Jim be Catholic and gay?" For Mary Ellen, the challenge of Jim's revelation was about love. "There was no doubt in my mind that he was a good person and that God loved him," she says.