(WCVB-TV) Monsignor Gerard O’Connor said his “eyes have been opened,” adding he is shocked by what he called a violent reaction to a message his church put up that said “two men are friends not spouses.”

O’Connor is the parish priest at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Acushnet. He said his program director put up the sign on an outdoor message board in response to the recent continuing controversy about gay marriage, including President Barack Obama’s recent comments on the subject.

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