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News Archive (2012)

Catholics for Marriage Equality’s Communion Needs Your Help

Dignity/San Francisco logoMembers and friends of Dignity/San Francisco established Catholics for Marriage Equality in California (CME) in June 2009. That first year we conducted rosary vigils at the cathedrals in San Francisco and Oakland, and co-organized a demonstration in Berkeley in response to the anti-gay activism of Oakland Bishop Salvatore Cordileone.

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DignityUSA Media Relations Director Quoted in Reflections on Pussy Riot as Successor to Act Up

DignityUSA Media Relations Director Jeff Stone is quoted in this story from Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty about similarities between Russia's Pussy Riot and Act Up's December 1989 protest at St. Patrick's Cathedral. Posted with permission from RFE/RL.

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Gay Catholics Pledge Solidarity with Women Religious

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DignityUSA Prays for Productive Dialogue within Catholic Church 

Boston, MA. August 10, 2012. As members of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) conclude their annual meeting, and their discernment about how to respond to the Vatican’s expression of concern about the organization, DignityUSA affirms its support for LCWR and its members.

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DignityUSA Program Manager, Jim Smith, is featured in CNN piece about marriage equality in Minnesota

Jim Smith is a former Roman Catholic priest who left his post with the church 10 years ago. He's an ex-priest for several reasons, he says, but one of his main concerns was the church's stance against same-sex marriage and other LGBT issues.

But Smith remains a Catholic - though he says being a Catholic who actively campaigns for legalized same-sex marriages can be difficult these days.

CATHOLIC COALTION SUPPORTS THEOLOGIAN CRITICIZED BY ROME

Equally Blessed: Sister Margaret Farley deserves honor, not censure

Equally Blessed released the following statement in response to the criticism of Just Love, by Sister Margaret Farley, a Catholic theologian emeritus at Yale University released today by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith:

We are saddened, but not surprised that the Roman Catholic hierarchy has found fault with the valuable work of yet another female theologian. 

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Catholics Come Out in Support of Girl Scouts, #GodLovestheGirlScouts


“These are exactly the type of young women needed in the Church today.”

May 15, 2012. As Catholic organizations we congratulate the Girl Scouts on their 100th year anniversary and thank them for modeling the best of what girls can be: strong, bold, value-based young women. What a shame that Catholic officials cannot see these young women for the gift they are to the church and world.

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Catholic Coalition Applauds Obama for Stance on Marriage Equality, Laments Bishops' Stance

Equally Blessed, a coalition of four faithful Catholic groups who work on behalf of equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the church and wider society, released the following statement in response to President Barack Obama’s endorsement yesterday of marriage equality:

 “In endorsing marriage equality, President Obama has risked a political confrontation with the bishops of the Roman Catholic Church by embracing the wisdom of the people in the Catholic pew, and we salute him for it.

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BIDEN MAY NOT SPEAK FOR OBAMA, BUT HE SPEAKS FOR MOST CATHOLICS

Equally Blessed praises Vice President for supporting marriage equality

May 7, 2012. Equally Blessed, a coalition of four faith Catholic groups who work on behalf of equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the church and wider society, released the following statement in response to Vice President Joe Biden’s comment on marriage equality made yesterday on Meet the Press:

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Catholic Bishops, Knights of Columbus Must Cut Ties to NOM

Equally Blessed cites National Organization for Marriage’s racially divisive tactics in letters to Dolan, Anderson 

April 4--Equally Blessed, a coalition of four Catholic justice organizations, today called on the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, to publicly disassociate themselves and their organizations from the National Organization for Marriage (NOM).

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