Immaculate Conception Church pastor Rev. Chris VanHaight described Durham City Councilwoman Vernetta Alston in news reports as "a strong black woman" but a "problematic" choice because she's a pro-gay marriage politician.
Alston has said the cancellation sends a "sad, regressive and life-altering message" to children.
VanHaight said he regrets Alston was disrespected, but he's responsible for upholding Catholic teachings. He also said the school won't invite politicians in the near future.
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