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Published November 15, 2012, 05:04 PM

A 17-year-old is denied confirmation because of a post on Facebook

Barnesville, MN (WDAY TV) -- 17-year old Lennon Cihak made a post on his Facebook that urged a "NO" vote on the gay marriage amendment in Minnesota. When the priest at Assumption Church saw the posting, Lennon was told he would not be confirmed.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Barnesville, MN (WDAY TV) -- 17-year old Lennon Cihak made a post on his Facebook that urged a "NO" vote on the gay marriage amendment in Minnesota. When the priest at Assumption Church saw the posting, Lennon was told he would not be confirmed.

While the priest in Barnesville calls this a "pastoral matter", many in town say the refusal to confirm Lennon See-hawk over a Facebook post, is unfair, and sends the wrong message. And clearly, this story is about more than a teen refused confirmation.

On Barnesville's Main Street, from the beauty salons to cafes, 17-year old Lennon Chihak was the talk of the town. A much respected teen-ager who is known for his work ethic and music. Ask his next door neighbors, the Raftevolds.

LoAnn Raftevold/Lennon's Neighbor: "The controversey started here at Assumption Catholic Church in Barnesville, where the priest refused confirmation after Lennon made a post on Facebook supporting a No vote on Minnesota's Gay Marriage Ammendment. The priest met with Lennon's parents, that not only supported their son, but shared his opinion. Even the Bishop at the Diocese in Crookston would not grant Lennon an appeal. Friends who liked Lennon's post on Facebook got confirmed, Lennon did not."

Lennon's family did not want to speak on camera about the story, but Grandma Cihak sure did.

Dianne Cihak goes to the same church. She's disappointed in her church. Proud of her grandson.

Dianne Cihak/grandmother: "It is a shock for the family. All baptized, married here at Assumption. Now the couple says they cannot even have communion here. Lennon's mother says she won't return. A church, she says, should be welcoming people, not pushing them away."

We contacted the diocese of Crookston for a comment on the story. The Bishop is out of town right now.

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