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News Archive (2004)

Christmas greetings from DignityUSA

Dear Dignity Members and Friends:

As we deal with the last minute rush of preparing for the holiday, I want to take this opportunity to wish each of you a very Merry Christmas. If you're like me, too often I get so focused on buying that certain gift and mailing out enough cards, that I loose sight of what this holiday is all about. I hope you are able to take some time from the craziness and think and pray about this marvelous gift in the birth of Jesus.

Where We Stand

 

Note: The following letter was sent today to all members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate

December 9, 2004

Dear Member of Congress (or Senator) ___________:

First, know that we appreciate and value the thoughtful and visionary leadership so many of you have provided. As a community, we are proud to have allies in both parties.

DignityUSA Receives Grant from the Gill Foundation

DignityUSA recently received a grant from the Gill Foundation, the nation’s largest funder of lesbian and gay organizations. The grant will support our general operation.

“We are very appreciative to receive this grant from the Gill foundation. It will help us in our efforts to further our mission,” said Matthew Gallagher, Executive Director. “This generous grant allows us to effectively continue our work and reach new levels of success.”

President's message

Dear friends:

As the Catholic bishops ended their meeting in Washington DC, they announced, among others things, a new campaign to protect marriage by putting their political power and resources to work against gay and  lesbian couples who are already legally married in Massachusetts and  the thousands of same sex couples across the country who seek to marry one day.

DignityUSA to protest and pray at Bishops’ meeting

Contact Information: 

Matthew Gallagher
202.861.0017 (Office)
301.325.7650 (Cell)

Washington, DC  The leadership of DignityUSA, the foremost organization for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) Catholics and their families, calls upon all members and supporters to join them at the meeting of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, DC. Members and supporters of DignityUSA will be standing vigil to pray for the Bishops.

DignityUSA Calls the Church to “Conversation and Conversion” as the USCCB Meets

He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. (Matthew 11:15)

DignityUSA invites you to a day of fasting, prayer, and witness on November 14, 2005, as the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) begins its meeting in Washington DC. We are especially inviting those who live in and around the DC area to join us for various events surrounding these meetings.

DignityUSA condemns improper political activity by Catholic Bishops

Contact Information: 

Matthew Gallagher
202.861.0017 (Office)
301.325.7650 (Cell)

Washington, DC  The leadership of DignityUSA, the foremost organization for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Catholics and their families, calls upon the Roman Catholic Bishops in America to respect the separation of church and state during this election time.

DignityUSA Dismayed by Bishop’s Statement against Gay Seminarians

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Matthew Gallagher
202.861.0017 (Office)
301.325.7650 (Cell)

Washington, DC — The Leadership of DignityUSA was dismayed to see yet another attack by another Roman Catholic bishop against gay priests and seminarians and presumably against those of his brother bishops who are gay. Bishop John M. D'Arcy of the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese said the Church must improve its screening process for accepting seminarians so that homosexuals are prevented from being ordained into the priesthood.

DignityUSA Applauds Senate Vote Against Constitutional Amendment

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Matthew Gallagher
202.861.0017 (Office)
301.325.7650 (Cell)

Washington, DC —The Leadership of DignityUSA applauds the vote today of the United States Senate in voting down an attempt to write discrimination against same-gender couples into the U.S. Constitution through the Federal Marriage Amendment.

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Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Catholics Decry Bishops’ Support for Discrimination

Contact Information: 

Matthew Gallagher
202.861.0017 (Office)
301.325.7650 (Cell)

Washington, DC — The Leadership of DignityUSA criticized the effort of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to write discrimination against same-gender couples into the U.S. Constitution through their support of a Federal Marriage amendment.

“Today’s statement by Bishop Gregory is another sign that the bishops are misguided in their role as pastors and teachers, said Matthew Gallagher, Executive Director of DignityUSA. “They need to focus on the faith of the Church, instead of these hot-button election year political issues.”

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