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Pride Month

The Vatican department charged with overseeing Catholic education released an extensive document Monday decrying what it calls a "crisis" on whether gender can be an individual choice rather than being set by God or biology.

The document describes a culture-wide "disorientation" that serves to "cancel out" the natural difference between man and woman, as well as "destabilise the family as an institution."

June is National Pride Month, and Columbus' annual Gay Pride Festival opens this afternoon at Goodale Park. A host of events are scheduled through tomorrow night.