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Pizza man delivers inclusive village.

Backtracking from comments he made last year, Domino's Pizza founder and Catholic stalwart Thomas S. Monaghan said March 3 that the town of Ave Maria, which he is bankrolling in southwest Florida, would now allow pornography and birth control--but its Ave Maria University would not. As for gays, they'd be welcome in the town, but the campus would not allow gay clubs.

The change in position, coming under pressure from the American Civil Liberties Union, provided little comfort to David Wynn, associate pastor of Church of the Trinity, a 300-member Metropolitan Community Church in nearby Sarasota, Fla. He said he and other gay people of faith were baffled by Monaghan's attempts to develop a town governed purely by his narrow interpretation of Catholic principles. "Even if they could do what they were trying to do, there would still be diversity there," Wynn said. "People would still wrestle with who they were." The town, expected to attract 25,000 residents, is scheduled to be ready next year. Kelly Griffith
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Title Annotation:Thomas S. Monaghan's Ave Maria
Author:Griffith, Kelly
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Apr 11, 2006
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