Today's Galatians passage is by far one of the most important pericopes in all our Christian Scriptures. Paul reminds his community, "For those who have clothed themselves in Christ, there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor freeperson, there is not male or female, for you are... more
Blessed Pride! What a year it has been! With the recent enactment of marriage equality in Rhode Island, Delaware, and Minnesota, it is estimated that one in five same-sex couples now live in places where they can be legally wed. We await decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court that could well overturn both California’s Proposition 8 and the Federal DOMA restrictions on same-sex couples. Equality is on the move, and Catholics continue to lead the march toward greater justice.
Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
Executive Director, DignityUSA
Seven reasons illustrate the role social justice plays in Catholic support for Marriage Equality (M.E.):
- The majority of Catholics recognize that love makes a family, not gender. This is in accord with Catholic theologians’ thought.
- Not to have M.E. is discriminatory, and “my faith is against discrimination.”
- I support M.E. because I want to protect children.
- Many support the protection of couples with all benefits of societal rights. This is especially the case if the Catholic asked has LGBT relatives.
- M.E. helps develop strong families and a better society.
- Church should not dictate public policy for all people. M.E. is an issue of civil marriage, not religious marriage.
- 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