Equally Blessed applauds marriage equality legislation in Washington


Equally Blessed says Catholic teaching compels support of policies that advance common good

Equally Blessed, a coalition of Catholic groups that support equality for LGBT people in the church and wider society, released this statement on the signing of marriage equality legislation in the state of Washington:

"We are delighted that another Catholic governor has signed marriage equality legislation into law. Governor Christine Gregoire is a member of the ever-increasing Catholic majority that supports laws assuring fair and equal treatment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their families.

"Like the governor, we understand that Catholic social teaching requires that all people be treated with dignity and respect, as beloved children of God; that Catholic moral teaching dictates that in political matters we support those policies that foster the common good; and that the experience of millions of devout believers teaches us that there is grace and beauty in the loving relationships of same-sex couples.

"Congratulations to the governor, the legislature, and to all Washingtonians who worked for justice."

Equally Blessed is a coalition of faithful Catholics who support full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people both in the church and in civil society. Equally Blessed includes four organizations that have spent a combined 112 years working on behalf of LGBT people and their families: Call to Action, DignityUSA, Fortunate Families, and New Ways Ministry.