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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

WASHINGTON, DC – Equally Blessed, a coalition of Roman Catholic organizations that support full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals, will host a briefing on Catholic support for the LGBT community for congressional staff, policymakers, advocates, and the media, on March 30, 2011 at 2:00pm in the Gold Room at 2168 Rayburn House Office Building.  This event is being supported by the Arcus Foundation.

Recent studies demonstrate that a majority of Catholics in America are accepting and welcoming of their LGBT brothers and sisters in their congregations and support public policies that promote LGBT equality. For example, according to a Public Religion Research Institute Study released March 2011, 74% of Catholics support legal recognition of same-sex relationships. Representative Joe Crowley (D-NY) will join Sister Simone Campbell, Reverend Bryan Massingale and David Saavedra in a discussion about Catholic leadership for LGBT social justice. The discussion will also include a presentation by leading researcher Dr. Robert P. Jones on Catholic public opinion, and it will be moderated by Sister Maureen Fiedler, host of the Interfaith Voices radio program.

WHAT: Briefing on Catholic Support for the LGBT Community
WHO: The Honorable Joe Crowley (D-NY)
Sister Simone Campbell, Executive Director, NETWORK*
Rev. Bryan N. Massingale, S.T.D, Marquette University*
David Saavedra, Co-President of the National Board, Call To Action
Dr. Robert P. Jones, Founder and CEO, Public Religion Research Institute
Moderated by Sister Maureen Fiedler, SL, Host, Interfaith Voices*
WHEN: Wednesday March 30, 2011
WHERE: The Gold Room
2168 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

 *Title and organizational affiliation for identification purposes only.

Equally Blessed is a coalition of faithful Catholics who support full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people both in the church and in civil society. The coalition includes four organizations that have spent a combined 112 years working on behalf of LGBT people and their families:  Call To Action, DignityUSA, Fortunate Families, and New Ways Ministry.

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