Yayo Grassi, who brought his partner and friends to meet with Pope Francis in Washington, says he's long had warm acceptance from the pontiff.
A Hungarian cardinal opens the family issues synod with a denunciation of gay relationships, while Pope Francis walks the line between upholding doctrine and welcoming all.
Roman Catholic bishops will meet at the Vatican beginning Sunday to discuss family issues, and LGBT groups hope to be heard.
The secret meeting in Washington between the antigay Kentucky clerk and the leader of the Roman Catholic Church was carefully planned, says Davis's attorney.
LGBT Catholics are frustrated that Pope Francis refused repeated requests to meet with them, but made time for a secret, closed-door meeting with the antigay Kentucky clerk who is not Catholic.
The pontiff reportedly encouraged the antigay clerk to 'stay strong.' Lawyers for Kim Davis have released a photo of the rosary beads they say Pope Francis gave her.
McNeill spoke out for LGBT equality in the church and the world at large, in defiance of the Catholic hierarchy.