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Press Release Archive (2003)

DignityUSA Celebrates Supreme Court Ruling in Lawrence Case

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Marianne Duddy-Burke

 Gay Catholics Filed Amicus Brief in Suit

June 26, 2003 — DignityUSA, which filed an amicus brief in support of overturning the 1986 Hardwick decision, stands with all people of good will in celebrating today's Supreme Court decision in Lawrence v. Texas. The 6-3 decision is a strong stand for equal treatment for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, say DignityUSA leaders.

Gay Catholics Reject Vatican Document on Same-Sex Marriage

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Marianne Duddy-Burke 

 July 29, 2003 — DignityUSA, the organization of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Catholics and their supporters, is strongly denouncing anticipated Vatican instructions to Catholic politicians and the public on opposing legal protections for same-sex couples. A document entitled "Considerations Regarding Proposals to Give Legal Recognition to Unions Between Homosexual Persons'' is expected to be released July 31.

 

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Gay Catholics Call for Marriage Rights in Society and Sacramental Blessing of Same Sex Unions by the Church

 Las Vegas, August 10, 2003 — In the midst of the international debate on same-sex marriage, the nation's largest group of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered Catholics have affirmed their commitment to work for full inclusion of same sex couples in society and call on their church to bless same-sex unions.

The board of directors of DignityUSA and the membership assembled for the biennial convention adopted a resolution, saying:

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DignityUSA Calls on Catholics to Support Same-Sex Couples During President Bush's “Marriage Protection Week”

Washington, DC, October 16, 2003 — As President Bush and conservative leaders mark the so-called "Marriage Protection Week," DignityUSA and its chapters and members across the country call upon supportive Catholics everywhere to stand with same-sex couples who are seeking marriage rights and challenge the arguments of the opponents of same-sex marriage.

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Gay Catholics Applaud Massachusetts Court Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage

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Signed “Friend of the Court” Brief

November 18, 2003 — Leaders of DignityUSA, the organization for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Catholics and their supporters, expressed their joy about today's decision in Massachusetts' highest court ruling that same-sex couples are legally entitled to marry under the state constitution. Both DignityUSA and Dignity/Boston signed onto a "friend of the court" brief in this case.

Dignity/Boston Rejects Bishops' Statement on Same-Sex Marriage

Dismayed by Archbishop O'Malley's charge that dissenters possess "erroneous conscience"

Boston — Leaders of Dignity/Boston, a group of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered Catholics and allies, stated their objection to both the most recent actions of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops opposing same-sex marriage and to remarks by Archbishop of Boston, Sean P. O'Malley OFM Cap in the Nov 12 edition of the Boston Globe.

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