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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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Gay Catholic Leaders Applaud Priest’s Removal from Ministry, Repeat Calls for Dialogue with Church Leaders

March 10, 2012. DignityUSA and Dignity/Washington, DC today applauded the Archdiocese of Washington, DC for suspending Father Marcel Guarnizo from all ministry within the Archdiocese. In a letter to priests, Vicar General Barry C. Knestout cited “intimidating behavior toward parish staff and others that is incompatible with proper priestly ministry” as the reason for the suspension. Father Guarnizo recently refused Communion to Barbara Johnson during her mother’s funeral because she is a lesbian.

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A THIRD CATHOLIC GOVERNOR SIGNS MARRIAGE EQUALITY INTO LAW

Equally Blessed praises O’Malley, says all God’s children must be treated with respect

 MARCH 1—Equally Blessed, a coalition of Catholic groups that support equality for LGBT people in the church and wider society, released this statement today on the signing of marriage equality legislation in the state of Maryland:

"We are deeply gratified that Governor Martin O’Malley has joined fellow Catholic governors Andrew Cuomo of New York and Christine Gregoire of Washington in signing marriage equality legislation into law.

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Catholics Stand Behind St. Louis Music Teacher Fired for Planning Same-Sex Wedding

February 29, 2012. Leaders of DignityUSA, the national organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Catholics (LGBT) are deeply saddened, but not surprised, to hear of yet another gifted, well-loved, gay Catholic employee being fired for being in love. Upon learning that the music teacher, Al Fischer, was to be married in New York to Charlie Robin, his partner of 20 years, the St. Louis Archdiocese pressured leaders at St. Ann's Parish and School to fire him. 

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Gay Catholics Condemn Priest’s Denial of Communion to Lesbian during Mother's Funeral

February 28, 2012.A Gaithersburg, MD priest’s decision to deny Communion to a woman during her mother’s funeral because he heard she lived with another woman is being strongly condemned by DignityUSA, the nation’s largest organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Catholics. Father Marcel Guarnizo reportedly refused to give Barbara Johnson Communion and told her, in the Communion line, the reason for his decision. He also left the altar during Ms. Johnson's tribute to her mother and refused to attend the graveside service and deliver the final prayers.

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Catholics Support Marriage Equality in Maryland

Members of Equally Blessed, a Catholic Coalition seeking justice for LGBT people in our church and in society, sent the following letter to members of the Maryland House of Delegates on February 16, 2012.

 Dear Delegate,

As Catholics, we value our faith tradition that calls us to speak on behalf of the marginalized and create a church and a society in which all God’s children are welcomed. We are called to live together, ever keeping before us the charge to do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with our God, as called for in Micah 6:8.

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Dignity/Washington, DC President Testifies on Maryland Marriage Equality Bill

Allen Rose, President of Dignity/Washington, DC, the largest Chapter of DignityUSA,  testified on the Maryland Civil Marriage Protection Act of 2012 on February 10, 2012. Below is a transcript of his testimony.

Thank you, Chairman Vallario, Chairman Hammen and the members of your respective committees, for the opportunity to testify today in support of The Civil Marriage Protection Act of  2012.  This legislation is right and just.

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