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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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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 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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Local News Video about New York vote features DignityUSA Officer Lewis Tanner

WPIX (Channel 11) in New York reported about the Catholic Church's response to the latest vote on Marriage Equality in the state of New York.   Along with Archbishop Thomas Dolan is an short comment by Lewis Tanner, officer of DignityUSA.

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Equally Blessed Celebrates Catholic Majority in Landmark Marriage Poll

Coalition asks bishops to realize they can learn from LGBT Christians

 

March 18, 2011—Earlier this week, two Catholic bishops dismissed a booklet on marriage equality by a member of the Equally Blessed coalition, saying that its author was not authorized to “speak on behalf of the Catholic Church.”

Today, faithful U.S. Catholics spoke for themselves, supporting the legalization of same-gender marriage by a 60-38 margin in a new poll commissioned by ABC News and The Washington Post.

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DignityUSA Challenges Cardinal on what is “Catholic,” Stands in Solidarity with New Ways Ministry

Boston, MA, March 16, 2011. DignityUSA has issued a statement supporting the author of a booklet on marriage equality who has come under criticism from two members of the US Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Doctrine.

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