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Same-Sex Marriage

Talking with Friends, Families, and Colleagues about Marriage for Gay and Lesbian Couples

Developed by DignityUSA with the assistance of Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).

There is no question that marriage and other forms of recognition for gay and lesbian couples are tough issues for many Catholics. Happily, most Catholics want to do the right thing, both from a faith perspective and in recognition of the gay people in their lives whom they love and respect. They’re just not sure what the right thing is.

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Talking with your Legislator about Same-Gender Marriage: Catholics for Marriage Equality

  1. It is very important to identify yourself as a Catholic who supports marriage equality.
    • Talk a little about the role faith plays in your life.
    • If official Church teachings on homosexuality have influenced your beliefs at any time, be honest about that.
  2. Talk about why this issue is important to you.
    • Be honest and specific about your relationship to marriage equality.

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Dignity/Boston Rejects Bishops' Statement on Same-Sex Marriage

Dismayed by Archbishop O'Malley's charge that dissenters possess "erroneous conscience"

Boston — Leaders of Dignity/Boston, a group of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered Catholics and allies, stated their objection to both the most recent actions of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops opposing same-sex marriage and to remarks by Archbishop of Boston, Sean P. O'Malley OFM Cap in the Nov 12 edition of the Boston Globe.

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DignityUSA Passes Resolution on Same-Sex Marriage

The following resolution was passed unanimously by the Board of Directors, DignityUSA during their meeting in Las Vegas, Aug 5-6. The resolution was presented to all assembled at the membership meeting during the 16th DignityUSA biannual convention (Aug 7-10) and received an ovation by all:

August 2003

Whereas DignityUSA believes that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people have the right to full expression of their sexuality in ways that are consistent with Catholic/Christian values, including the right to enter into committed relationships; AND

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Catholics urged to support same-sex marriage efforts

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Catholics Urged to Support Gays on Freedom To Marry Day

Washington, DC, February 8, 2001 — Leaders of DignityUSA, the nation's largest organization of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered Roman Catholics, today issued a call for Catholics to demonstrate their support for same-sex couples on National Freedom to Marry Day. The annual event will be celebrated this year on February 12.

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Gay Catholics Celebrate Vermont Supreme Court Decision

Washington, DC, December 20, 1999 — DignityUSA, the nation's foremost independent voice of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Catholics, applauds the Supreme Court of Vermont for its recognition that gay and lesbian couples should be accorded the same rights and benefits as traditionally married couples. President Mary Louise Cervone said, "The Supreme Court's decision recognizes the discrimination long faced by same sex couples, and is a giant step towards reversing this historical injustice.

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California Catholic Bishops are Guilty of "Political Homophobia" in their Support of Anti Same Sex Marriage Initiative

Washington, DC, November 8, 1999 — DignityUSA, a voice for lesbian and gay Catholics nationwide, believes that California's Catholic bishops are guilty of "political homophobia" in their support of a state-wide ballot initiative which would define marriage as a union of one man and one woman.

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Gay Catholics Disappointed by Ballot Results in Hawaii and Alaksa

Washington, DC - November 4, 1998 - DignityUSA, the nation's largest and oldest organization for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Catholics, is disappointed by the decisions of Hawaii and Alaska voters to not respect the rights of all citizens, regardless of sexual orientation.

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Gay Catholics Saddened by Alaska Catholic Bishops' Endorsement of Marriage Amendment

Washington, DC - October 1, 1998 - DignityUSA is disappointed that the Catholic bishops of Alaska have chosen to publicly and aggressively support a state constitutional amendment that legalizes discrimination of same-sex couples in civil marriage.

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