A Minnesota Catholic high school student wants to start a gay club after officials deleted his editorial critical of the church's stance on gay marriage, the Star Tribune reported.

Officials at Benilde-St. Margaret's in St. Louis Park, Minnesota deleted two student editorials that criticized an anti-gay marriage DVD produced by Minnesota's Catholic bishops. The DVDs were distributed to parishioners prior to Election Day, November 2, and called on Catholic voters to reject pro-gay marriage lawmakers. (Minnesota voters did overwhelmingly vote for Republican candidates.)

Sean Simonson's op-ed titled Life As A Gay Teenager was removed after it sparked heated debate online.

“You fear looking the wrong way in the locker room and offending someone,” Simonson, the editor of the student-run newspaper The Knight Errand, wrote. “Politicians are allowed to debate your right to marry the person you love, or your right to be protected from hate crimes under the law. Your faith preaches your exclusion – or damnation. And no one does anything to stop it.”

The editorials – and the comments they inspired – were removed and replaced with an explanation from Principal Sue Skinner: “While lively debate and discussion clearly has its place in a Catholic school, this particular discussion is not appropriate because the level of intensity has created an unsafe environment for students. As importantly, the articles and ensuing online postings have created confusion about Church teachings.”

The 17-year-old is now backing the creation of a gay-straight alliance at the Catholic school.

“The goals are not to indoctrinate or push any agenda other than acceptance,” Simonson told the paper. “I just think that, especially in high school, it's a very difficult time to go through, and being gay doesn't make it any easier. They need people to support them.”

Simonson said he's met with school officials to discuss the idea, but didn't sound optimistic.

“It's a difficult thing, as this has shown, at a Catholic school,” he said.