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News Archive (2006)

Gay Catholics Saddened at Church's Enforcement of Mandatory Retirement of Progressive Bishop

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Sam Sinnett, President 
314 477-5798 (cell)

The leaders of DignityUSA reacted sadly to the impending removal of Bishop Thomas Gumbleton of Detroit from active ministry. DignityUSA President Sam Sinnett stated: “Bishop Gumbleton has been one of the most powerful—and now nearly unique—voices for justice and inclusion in our Church for many years, particularly on behalf of the victims of sexual abuse by clergy, the poor, women in the Church, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. In addition, he has been a tireless advocate for peace in Iraq and elsewhere.

DignityUSA Issues Guidelines for Pastoral Carefor Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Catholics in Response to Proposed Document from U.S. Bishops

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Sam Sinnett, President 
314 477-5798 (cell)


Washington, DC – DignityUSA finds the proposed document from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), "Ministry to Persons with a Homosexual Inclination: Guidelines for Pastoral Care,” to be deeply flawed. Therefore, DignityUSA has joined with some other members of Catholic Organizations for Renewal (COR) to ask the bishops not to approve any such guidelines without further consultation with the faithful – especially those LGBT Catholics who are most affected.

Press Release by the Undersigned Members of Catholic Organizations for Renewal

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An expected set of “pastoral guidelines” scheduled for review by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) at its annual Fall meeting in Baltimore begins with an erroneous understanding of what it means to be homosexual, Catholic reform leaders say in a letter to U.S. Catholic bishops.

DignityUSA is Amici in Successful NJ Same-Sex Marriage Decision

Today the New Jersey Supreme Court held that committed same-sex couples must be afforded on equal terms the same rights and benefits enjoyed by opposite-sex couples under the civil marriage statutes. The name to be given to the statutory scheme that provides full rights and benefits to same-sex couples, whether marriage or some other term, is a matter left to the democratic process.

DignityUSA is proud to have been an "Amici" signatory to an Amicus Brief on behalf of the successful seven same-sex couples.

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Executive Director Steps Down

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Washington, DC – Debra Weill has stepped down from the position of DignityUSA executive director effective October 8, 2006, upon mutual agreement with the DignityUSA board of directors, announced Sam Sinnett, president of DignityUSA.

“We are grateful for Debbie’s service to DignityUSA and her commitment to the goals of equality and inclusion for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Catholics in the church and society,” said Sinnett.

Virginia Bishops Accused of Misleading Catholics on Same Gender Marriages

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Stephen McDonnell
President, Dignity/Washington Board of Directors
Cell: 202-714-1811


Washington, D.C. October 17, 2006 —Dignity/Washington issued an open letter to Bishop Paul S. Loverde of Arlington and Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo of Richmond that accuses the bishops of hurting, misleading and creating division among their church members by their recent pastoral letter against the proposed Virginia constitutional amendment to ban same gender marriages.

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DignityUSA responds to Vatican statement challenging the acceptance of gays and lesbians while announcing theme for World Peace Day

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Debbie Weill 
Executive Director

Vatican communique claims the growing acceptance of gays and lesbians threatens the human desire for peaceful coexistence