The Los Angeles Dodgers have been in the middle of a culture war — and it’s now backtracking from a previous decision.
Last week, the MLB franchise removed the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence — a human rights and LGBTQ+ organization whose members are known for parodying Catholic nuns — from its Pride Night line-up on June 16. However, the Dodgers announced on Monday that it would once again invite the Sisters to Pride Night.
“After much thoughtful feedback from our diverse communities, honest conversations with the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, and generous discussions with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, the Los Angeles Dodgers would like to offer our sincerest apologies to the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, members of the LGBTQ+ community and their friends and family,” the Dodgers’ statement read. “We have asked the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence to take their place on the field at our 10th annual Pride Night on June 16th.”
The decision received positive feedback from many of the supporters of the group, including California senator Scott Wiener who renounced the Dodgers’ initial decision.
“Thank you, @Dodgers, for reversing this bad decision,” Wiener tweeted. “The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence are one of our very best community organizations & they deserve this honor.”
However, those on the right were not pleased, including Florida Senator Marco Rubio whose letter to the MLB claiming the Sisters were “anti-Catholic” is believed to the main driver for the Dodgers’ initial decision to rescind the invite to the LGBTQ+ group.
“Shamefully, (but not surprisingly) the @dodgers have been bullied into apologizing to & “re-inviting” a group of anti-catholic bigots,” Rubio said in a tweet.