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Gay Catholics Condemn Priest’s Denial of Communion to Lesbian during Mother's Funeral

February 28, 2012.A Gaithersburg, MD priest’s decision to deny Communion to a woman during her mother’s funeral because he heard she lived with another woman is being strongly condemned by DignityUSA, the nation’s largest organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Catholics. Father Marcel Guarnizo reportedly refused to give Barbara Johnson Communion and told her, in the Communion line, the reason for his decision. He also left the altar during Ms. Johnson's tribute to her mother and refused to attend the graveside service and deliver the final prayers.

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Catholics Support Marriage Equality in Maryland

Members of Equally Blessed, a Catholic Coalition seeking justice for LGBT people in our church and in society, sent the following letter to members of the Maryland House of Delegates on February 16, 2012.

 Dear Delegate,

As Catholics, we value our faith tradition that calls us to speak on behalf of the marginalized and create a church and a society in which all God’s children are welcomed. We are called to live together, ever keeping before us the charge to do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with our God, as called for in Micah 6:8.

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Dignity/Washington, DC President Testifies on Maryland Marriage Equality Bill

Allen Rose, President of Dignity/Washington, DC, the largest Chapter of DignityUSA,  testified on the Maryland Civil Marriage Protection Act of 2012 on February 10, 2012. Below is a transcript of his testimony.

Thank you, Chairman Vallario, Chairman Hammen and the members of your respective committees, for the opportunity to testify today in support of The Civil Marriage Protection Act of  2012.  This legislation is right and just.

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Equally Blessed applauds marriage equality legislation in Washington

ANOTHER CATHOLIC GOVERNOR SIGNS MARRIAGE EQUALITY INTO LAW

Equally Blessed says Catholic teaching compels support of policies that advance common good

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

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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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Gay Catholics Reject Pope’s Statement Calling Same-Sex Marriage a Threat to Humanity

Boston, MA.  January 11, 2012. Leaders of the largest organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Catholics are reaching out to fellow Catholics who are hurt and angered by Pope Benedict XVI’s latest attack on the LGBT community. In a New Year’s speech to diplomats from approximately 180 countries on the importance of children, the Pope said policies allowing same-sex marriage “threaten human dignity and the future of humanity itself.”

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DignityUSA Applauds Washington Governor Gregoire for Leadership on Marriage Equality

DignityUSA leaders from Washington State joined Executive Director Marianne Duddy-Burke in sending a letter of congratulations to Governor Chris Gregoire to thank her for leading efforts to expand marriage equality to Washington. Below is the text of the letter.

January 5, 2012

The Honorable Christine Gregoire

Office of the Governor

416 Sid Snyder Ave SW, Suite 200
PO Box 40002

Olympia, WA 98504-0002

Dear Governor Gregoire,

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