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Gay Catholic Leaders Applaud Priest’s Removal from Ministry, Repeat Calls for Dialogue with Church Leaders

March 10, 2012. DignityUSA and Dignity/Washington, DC today applauded the Archdiocese of Washington, DC for suspending Father Marcel Guarnizo from all ministry within the Archdiocese. In a letter to priests, Vicar General Barry C. Knestout cited “intimidating behavior toward parish staff and others that is incompatible with proper priestly ministry” as the reason for the suspension. Father Guarnizo recently refused Communion to Barbara Johnson during her mother’s funeral because she is a lesbian.

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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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Gay Catholics Condemn Priest’s Denial of Communion to Lesbian during Mother's Funeral

February 28, 2012.A Gaithersburg, MD priest’s decision to deny Communion to a woman during her mother’s funeral because he heard she lived with another woman is being strongly condemned by DignityUSA, the nation’s largest organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Catholics. Father Marcel Guarnizo reportedly refused to give Barbara Johnson Communion and told her, in the Communion line, the reason for his decision. He also left the altar during Ms. Johnson's tribute to her mother and refused to attend the graveside service and deliver the final prayers.

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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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DignityUSA Members in Connecticut Respond to Initiation of Courage Chapter

DignityUSA members Frank O'Gorman and Paul Scarbrough, both of Connecticut, are prominently featured in a Rainbow Times article about the Hartford Archdiocese's development of a Courage Chapter as a "ministry" to LGBT Catholics. To read this very comprehensive piece, please click on the link below. The article is made available with permission.

http://therainbowtimesmass.com/2012/01112012/ctabstinence.html

 

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DignityUSA Applauds Washington Governor Gregoire for Leadership on Marriage Equality

DignityUSA leaders from Washington State joined Executive Director Marianne Duddy-Burke in sending a letter of congratulations to Governor Chris Gregoire to thank her for leading efforts to expand marriage equality to Washington. Below is the text of the letter.

January 5, 2012

The Honorable Christine Gregoire

Office of the Governor

416 Sid Snyder Ave SW, Suite 200
PO Box 40002

Olympia, WA 98504-0002

Dear Governor Gregoire,

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Gay Catholics Call on Bishops to Cut Ties with Official Who Linked Homosexuality to Satan

Boston, MA. Nov. 2, 2011.  Leaders of DignityUSA, the nation’s largest organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Catholics and supporters, condemned the Boston Pilot’s publication of Daniel Avila’s column “Some Fundamental Questions on Same-Sex Attraction.”

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DignityUSA Offers Support to LGBT Catholics, Family Members in El Paso, TX

                An advertisement in the August 27, 2011 El Paso Times can do tremendous spiritual damage to Catholics who read it, according to a national Catholic support group for lesbian, gay, bisexual , and transgender (LGBT) people and their families.

 

                “This ad contained language that many people will find hurtful and alienating,” said Marianne Duddy-Burke, Executive Director of DignityUSA. “It does not represent the spirit of love and inclusion that Jesus taught, and that most people in our Church strive to live out.

 

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