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Same-Sex Marriage

Dignity/Dayton (aka Living Beatitudes) protests Exorcist Bishop in Cincinnati

Dayton LogoCongratulations to Bob Butts, Dick Young, Peggy Hanna and members of our Dayton Chapter for leading a wonderful witness outside a speech by Bishop Paprocki (he of same-sex marriage exorcism fame) at a Catholic Seminary in Cincinnati last night. The group braved 10 degree temperatures to make Catholic support of marriage equality visible.  They were covered locally from WCPO Channel 9 and Cincinnati.com.

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Gay Catholics tell Cardinal Dolan to Stop the Culture Wars

Boston, MA, December 2, 2013.

During Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s Thanksgiving weekend appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press, the Archbishop of New York claimed that the Catholic Church has been “caricatured” as being anti-gay, and that it has been “out-marketed” on same-sex marriage by “forces like Hollywood and politicians”. He also compared the same-sex marriage debate to Roe v. Wade, noting that the issue continues to be divisive 40 years after the Supreme Court ruling.

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CATHOLIC COALITION CELEBRATES SUPREME COURT DECISIONS ON MARRIAGE EQUALITY

Equally Blessed calls on Catholics to work to extend marriage equality to all states

Washington, D.C., June 26, 2013—Equally Blessed, a coalition of four Catholic organizations that have spent more than 120 years working on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their families, issued the following statement on the Supreme Court rulings announced today on the Defense of Marriage Act and the state of California’s constitutional provision banning same-sex marriage:

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Catholic Church Unfriendly to LGBT people? No--Living a Split Reality

(Originally published on Huffington Post, June 17, 2013)

A new Pew Research Center study provides an abysmal assessment of the Catholic Church for those of us who value LGBT inclusion in our faith communities. In a study of 1,197 LGBT adults released on June 13, 2013, 79 percent of those questioned rated Catholicism as "unfriendly" to LGBT people. Only 4 percent view our church as "friendly."

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DignityUSA Executive Director quoted in National Catholic Reporter story on same-sex marriage

National Catholic Reporter looks at the role of Catholics in efforts to attain marriage equality.

States propel push toward same-sex marriage

Brian Roewe    |  Jun. 14, 2013

Ahead of two much-anticipated Supreme Court rulings on same-sex marriage, advocates for marriage equality saw momentum building in public opinion and recent policy changes, while the U.S. bishops have made defense of traditional marriage a major theme for their second Fortnight for Freedom.

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Equally Blessed laments Pope’s disparagement of LGBT people, families

Coalition of four Catholic groups offers “healthier, godly” vision of human family

WASHINGTON, D. C., December 21--Pope Benedict XVI and the Vatican bureaucracy have released a number of troubling statements in recent days disparaging lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and speaking against their right to be treated fairly in civil society.

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CATHOLIC COALITION CELEBRATES HISTORIC NIGHT FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY

Equally Blessed asks Bishops to Abandon Misguided Appoach to LGBT Issues

 Equally Blessed, a coalition of four Catholic groups that work on behalf of equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the church and the wider society released this statement on yesterday’s election.

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Catholic Coalition Applauds Obama for Stance on Marriage Equality, Laments Bishops' Stance

Equally Blessed, a coalition of four faithful Catholic groups who work on behalf of equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the church and wider society, released the following statement in response to President Barack Obama’s endorsement yesterday of marriage equality:

 “In endorsing marriage equality, President Obama has risked a political confrontation with the bishops of the Roman Catholic Church by embracing the wisdom of the people in the Catholic pew, and we salute him for it.

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BIDEN MAY NOT SPEAK FOR OBAMA, BUT HE SPEAKS FOR MOST CATHOLICS

Equally Blessed praises Vice President for supporting marriage equality

May 7, 2012. Equally Blessed, a coalition of four faith Catholic groups who work on behalf of equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the church and wider society, released the following statement in response to Vice President Joe Biden’s comment on marriage equality made yesterday on Meet the Press:

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Catholics Stand Behind St. Louis Music Teacher Fired for Planning Same-Sex Wedding

February 29, 2012. Leaders of DignityUSA, the national organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Catholics (LGBT) are deeply saddened, but not surprised, to hear of yet another gifted, well-loved, gay Catholic employee being fired for being in love. Upon learning that the music teacher, Al Fischer, was to be married in New York to Charlie Robin, his partner of 20 years, the St. Louis Archdiocese pressured leaders at St. Ann's Parish and School to fire him. 

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