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Equally Blessed

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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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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DignityUSA Addresses President Obama on LGBT Issues

DignityUSA and our Equally Blessed partners recently wrote to President Obama, expressing support for his decision not to support DOMA in federal court, as well as other Administration actions that affirm LGBT equality. The letter highlights the fact that the President's actions are in line with the beliefs of the majority of American Catholics, who increasingly support LGBT people and families.

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EQUALLY BLESSED LAMENTS BISHOPS’ DEFENSE OF DISCRIMINATION

Bishops’ opposition to fair housing practices contradicts Gospel, group says

WASHINGTON, D. C. March 30, 2011—Equally Blessed, a coalition of four Roman Catholic organizations that support full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their families both in the church and in civil society, released a statement today, lamenting the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ opposition to new fair housing rules that would bar groups that receive federal funds from discriminating against gays, lesbians or transgender persons in housing programs.

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A Catholic Call to Justice for the LGBT Community

Equally Blessed
A coalition of faithful Catholics who support full equality for LGBT people both in the church and in civic society

CAPITOL HILL BRIEFING HIGHLIGHTS PUBLIC POLICY IMPLICATIONS OF GROWTH IN CATHOLIC SUPPORT FOR LGBT EQUALITY 
Recent study shows Catholics are more accepting of the Gay and Lesbian Community than other major Christian denominations

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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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FAITHFUL CATHOLICS APPLAUD MARYLAND SENATE VOTE

Catholic laypeople lead fight for fairness

 MOUNT RANIER, MD, February 24, 2011—The Equally Blessed coalition salutes the members of the Maryland State Senate who today passed legislation that will end centuries of discrimination against same-sex couples and their families. We urge the state’s House of Delegates to pass the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act and send it to Governor Martin O’Malley for his signature.

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CATHOLICS CELEBRATE NEW LAW STRENGTHENING FAMILIES

Equally Blessed applauds Governor Quinn’s integrity despite Church pressure

 

CHICAGO, IL, January 31, 2011—When Governor Pat Quinn signed the Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act (SB1716) bill into law this afternoon, Illinois families came much closer to fairness under state law, said Equally Blessed, a coalition of Catholics working for civil and religious equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people.

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DignityUSA and Partners Ask Vatican to Condemn Anti-Gay Violence in Uganda

January 31, 2011

Dear Archbishop Chulikatt:

We write today as faithful Catholics who are deeply troubled by the violence and hatred being perpetrated on gay and lesbian people in Uganda. Just this week, activist David Kato was murdered brutally after a magazine published his photograph and a caption urging that he be killed.

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Catholic Gay Rights Coalition Asks Colorado Diocese to Reconsider 12-Step Program

Equally Blessed, a coalition of four Roman Catholic organizations that support full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their families both in the church and in civil society, today called upon the Diocese of Colorado Springs to reconsider its decision to offer a 12-step program for LGBT Catholics in which participants are asked to state that they are “defective.”

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