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.
As shocking as Kato’s death is, we fear that it will not be an isolated incident. Legislation that would make homosexuality a serious criminal offence, punished even by death, is pending in the Ugandan parliament and could be considered as early as February. We fear that this legislation has fanned the flames of hatred in Uganda and put the lives of many lesbian and gay children of God in danger. As Christians, we feel a particular obligation to stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Uganda because, horrifyingly, it is Christians who are most responsible for the climate of terror that now exists.
We were grateful for the leadership of your predecessor, Archbishop Migliore, who, in December 2009, spoke out against "cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment" for homosexuality. We implore you, as His Holiness Benedict XVI’s new representative to the United Nations, to renew the Vatican’s voice against both the terror being visited on lesbian and gay people in Uganda and the possible legislative enshrinement of their cruel and inhuman treatment. Please use the moral authority of the Catholic Church to unify the international community in opposition to these violations of the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights and the inherent dignity of all people.
Thank you for considering our request to raise your voice and that of the Holy Father to save the lives of gay and lesbian people in Uganda. We will be grateful for your leadership and commitment to the Gospel.
The partners of Equally Blessed
Francis DeBernardo Casey Lopata
Sr. Jennine Gramick, SL Mary Ellen Lopata
New Ways Ministry Fortunate Families
Jim FitzGerald Marianne Duddy-Burke
Call To Action DignityUSA