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DignityUSA Urges CA Gov Schwarzenegger to Sign Same Sex Marriage Legislation

Contact Information: 

Debbie Weill, Executive Director
202-861-0017 (office)
202-725-5894 (cell)

Fr. Kevin Steen, President
Dignity/Los Angeles

Bill LaMarche, President
Dignity/Greater Palm Springs

Pat McArron, President
Dignity/San Diego
619-645-8240 619-865-4702

Christopher Thomas, President
Dignity/San Fernando Valley

Gino Ramos , Veronica Abrickis (Co-Chairs)
Dignity/San Francisco

Bill Welch, President
Dignity/San Jose

Gay Catholic Group DignityUSA and California Chapters call upon Governor Schwarzenegger to sign the Civil Marriage and Religious Freedom Protection Act

Washington, DC – DignityUSA and its six California chapters today strongly urge California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to sign the same-gender marriage legislation Civil Marriage and Religious Freedon Protection Act that would greatly expand justice and equality in California. The governor said the legislation flew in the face of public opinion despite its approval by the California legislature.

DignityUSA represents gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Catholics, our families and friends across the country and across the State of California. DignityUSA chapters are located in Los Angeles, Palm Springs, San Diego, San Fernando Valley, San Francisco and San Jose. DignityUSA members live throughout the entire state of California.

“We hope the governor will change his mind on this very important legislation, “said Debbie Weill, executive director of DignityUSA. “Same-sex married families have much to offer California, providing a loving environment for their children, stability for their neighborhoods, needed skills for their employers, and additional tax revenues for the State. These gay, lesbian, and bisexual families could add much to the rich fabric of California society and could strengthen family values,” Weill added.

“The legislators are the elected representatives of the people of California and reflect the views of their constituents,” noted Veronica Abrickis, co-chair of Dignity/San Francisco. “The legislation has widespread support around the state. The governor would be wise to recognize that many Californians support this move for equality,” stated Father Kevin Steen, president of Dignity/Los Angeles. Pat McArron, president of Dignity/San Diego & former national president, said “the time has come for our governor to stand up for justice and equality with his signature on this landmark legislation as passed by our state legislature. This legislation is the result of years of consultation and represents the sentiment of the people of our great state.” Bill Welch, president of Dignity/San Jose, said, “In earlier remarks on the issue, the governor commented he would support changes in law over judicial interpretations. The state legislature followed through.”

DignityUSA is the nation’s foremost organization of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Catholics, their families, friends and supporters. Founded in 1969, it is an independent nonprofit organization with members and chapters across the country. DignityUSA works for full inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in the life of the Church and Society. www.dignityusa.org