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Seven reasons illustrate the role social justice plays in Catholic support for Marriage Equality (M.E.):

  1. The majority of Catholics recognize that love makes a family, not gender. This is in accord with Catholic theologians’ thought.
  2. Not to have M.E. is discriminatory, and “my faith is against discrimination.”
  3. I support M.E. because I want to protect children.
  4. Many support the protection of couples with all benefits of societal rights. This is especially the case if the Catholic asked has LGBT relatives.
  5. M.E. helps develop strong families and a better society.
  6. Church should not dictate public policy for all people. M.E. is an issue of civil marriage, not religious marriage.
  7. Some Catholics are not on-board with LGBTs, but “I as a Catholic believe in equality and fairness, which should be in place for all people.

    Frank DeBernardo in
    New Ways Ministry present forums on Marriage Equality throughout the Country


     
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Help us not to get bogged down in our differences:

     To see child of God instead of gender
     To see human instead of race
     To see lover instead of sexuality
     To see seeker of truth instead of religious affiliation

We thank you for making each of us unique and wonderful in your eyes. Help us to celebrate the common threads that run through us all, and not get lost in our differences.

Laura Monroe, QV Editor, in
"An Inclusivity Prayer"

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"For the vast majority of Catholics, the social justice teachings of the church trump the conservative and institutional inertia of the Vatican and its hierarchy . . . Indeed, 63% of Catholics in this country support marriage equality, a rate that is 10% higher than that of the general public. Catholics will no more heed official Archdiocesan opposition to marriage equality than they do the church's head-in-the-sand proscription against birth control."

Leo N. Egashira, Publications Committee Chair
quoted in "Catholics and Marriage Equality"

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