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Catholic Bishops, Knights of Columbus Must Cut Ties to NOM

Equally Blessed cites National Organization for Marriage’s racially divisive tactics in letters to Dolan, Anderson 

April 4--Equally Blessed, a coalition of four Catholic justice organizations, today called on the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, to publicly disassociate themselves and their organizations from the National Organization for Marriage (NOM).

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Lesbian Catholic Columnist Jamie Manson Shares her Faith

In the first session of a new vidoe-conference series called Queer Catholic Faith, sponsored by DignityUSA, noted National Catholic Reporter columnist Jamie Manson reflects on her spiritual roots, being part of a Church where she has experienced both rejection and profound hope, and the sacredness of the everyday. To view and hear this conversation, click here.

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Gay Catholic Leaders Applaud Priest’s Removal from Ministry, Repeat Calls for Dialogue with Church Leaders

March 10, 2012. DignityUSA and Dignity/Washington, DC today applauded the Archdiocese of Washington, DC for suspending Father Marcel Guarnizo from all ministry within the Archdiocese. In a letter to priests, Vicar General Barry C. Knestout cited “intimidating behavior toward parish staff and others that is incompatible with proper priestly ministry” as the reason for the suspension. Father Guarnizo recently refused Communion to Barbara Johnson during her mother’s funeral because she is a lesbian.

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A THIRD CATHOLIC GOVERNOR SIGNS MARRIAGE EQUALITY INTO LAW

Equally Blessed praises O’Malley, says all God’s children must be treated with respect

 MARCH 1—Equally Blessed, a coalition of Catholic groups that support equality for LGBT people in the church and wider society, released this statement today on the signing of marriage equality legislation in the state of Maryland:

"We are deeply gratified that Governor Martin O’Malley has joined fellow Catholic governors Andrew Cuomo of New York and Christine Gregoire of Washington in signing marriage equality legislation into law.

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Gay Catholic Leaders Celebrate Washington State Senate Approval of Same-Sex Marriage

Catholics Play Prominent Role in Bill’s Passage

Feb. 2, 2012. In the wake of the Washington State Senate’s vote endorsing same-sex marriage, DignityUSA applauds the leadership of Catholic legislators in getting one step closer to equality.

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DignityUSA Members in Connecticut Respond to Initiation of Courage Chapter

DignityUSA members Frank O'Gorman and Paul Scarbrough, both of Connecticut, are prominently featured in a Rainbow Times article about the Hartford Archdiocese's development of a Courage Chapter as a "ministry" to LGBT Catholics. To read this very comprehensive piece, please click on the link below. The article is made available with permission.

http://therainbowtimesmass.com/2012/01112012/ctabstinence.html

 

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MORE THAN 90 PERCENT OF AMERICAN CATHOLICS BACK TRANSGENDER RIGHTS

Equally Blessed hails laity's willingness to move beyond bishops' "insensitive and uniformed" teaching

 

WASHINGTON, D. C., November 8, 2011--The majority of American Catholics disagree with the teachings of their bishops on sexual issues so often that it is a wonder that the news media continues to speak of the Catholic Church’s position on a given issue when what they really mean is the position of the Catholic hierarchy.

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Gay Catholics Call on Bishops to Cut Ties with Official Who Linked Homosexuality to Satan

Boston, MA. Nov. 2, 2011.  Leaders of DignityUSA, the nation’s largest organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Catholics and supporters, condemned the Boston Pilot’s publication of Daniel Avila’s column “Some Fundamental Questions on Same-Sex Attraction.”

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DignityUSA Co-Sponsors National Spirit Day, Urges All Members to Wear Purple

For the second year, DignityUSA is a national co-sponsor of Spirit Day. Celebrated on October 20, Spirit Day is  a sign of support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth and a way to speak out against bullying. Spirit Day was started in 2010 by teenager Brittany McMillan as a response to the young people who had taken their own lives. Millions of people and organizations participate by wearing purple, the color that symbolizes Spirit in the Rainbow Flag.

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