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News Archive (2011)

Dignity/Arizona Highlighted in Story on Catholic Support on LGBT Equality

Echo LogoSome great perspective from our members in the Phoenix area!

Members of a local LGBT Catholic organization say that the results of a national survey show that the leadership of the church is out of touch with its members on gay issues.

“The average person in the pews is far ahead of the hierarchy of the church,” said the Rev. Mark Elliott Newman, president of Dignity/Arizona. “Gay marriage is being accepted.”

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Gay Catholics Call Catholic League Ad Hurtful and Misleading

April 11, 2011. Boston, MA. Today’s New York Times carried a full-page ad from the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights that claimed to defend the Catholic Church against a variety of perceived attacks. In reality, the ad is a proactive attempt to shape media coverage of the upcoming trial of a Philadelphia priest and two other men charged with raping a child.

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Gay Catholics Express Solidarity with Priest Threatened with Removal from Priesthood for Support of Women's Ordination

DignityUSA joined other supporters of women's ordination at a Vatican Embassy Vigil to support Rev. Roy Bourgeois

March 30, 2011 -- The leadership of the nation's largest organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Catholics deplored the threat to dismiss Father Roy Bourgeois from the priesthood if he does not recant his support for women's ordination in the Catholic Church.

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Washington, DC— In an historic convening on Capitol Hill today, prominent Catholics and a leading researcher discussed the strong support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals among Catholic laity. The event was organized to raise awareness among policymakers as they consider legislation that impacts the LGBT community by Equally Blessed, a coalition of Roman Catholic organizations that supports LGBT equality, and supported by the Arcus Foundation.

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Bishops’ opposition to fair housing practices contradicts Gospel, group says

WASHINGTON, D. C. March 30, 2011—Equally Blessed, a coalition of four Roman Catholic organizations that support full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their families both in the church and in civil society, released a statement today, lamenting the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ opposition to new fair housing rules that would bar groups that receive federal funds from discriminating against gays, lesbians or transgender persons in housing programs.

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Dignity/San Antonio Protests the Hateful and Discriminatory Remarks of Democratic Chairman Dan Ramos

March 20, 2011—San Antonio, TX. Dignity/San Antonio, an organization of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Catholics and our supporters, is shocked by the hateful and discriminatory remarks made by Bexar County Democratic party chair Dan Ramos, in a March 11 interview with the San Antonio Current.

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Equally Blessed Celebrates Catholic Majority in Landmark Marriage Poll

Coalition asks bishops to realize they can learn from LGBT Christians


March 18, 2011—Earlier this week, two Catholic bishops dismissed a booklet on marriage equality by a member of the Equally Blessed coalition, saying that its author was not authorized to “speak on behalf of the Catholic Church.”

Today, faithful U.S. Catholics spoke for themselves, supporting the legalization of same-gender marriage by a 60-38 margin in a new poll commissioned by ABC News and The Washington Post.

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