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News Archive (2003)

Gay Catholics Reject Vatican Document on Same-Sex Marriage

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Marianne Duddy-Burke 

 July 29, 2003 — DignityUSA, the organization of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Catholics and their supporters, is strongly denouncing anticipated Vatican instructions to Catholic politicians and the public on opposing legal protections for same-sex couples. A document entitled "Considerations Regarding Proposals to Give Legal Recognition to Unions Between Homosexual Persons'' is expected to be released July 31.


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DignityUSA Celebrates Supreme Court Ruling in Lawrence Case

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Marianne Duddy-Burke

 Gay Catholics Filed Amicus Brief in Suit

June 26, 2003 — DignityUSA, which filed an amicus brief in support of overturning the 1986 Hardwick decision, stands with all people of good will in celebrating today's Supreme Court decision in Lawrence v. Texas. The 6-3 decision is a strong stand for equal treatment for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, say DignityUSA leaders.

Pioneering feminist theologian on US Tour

 April 4, 2003 — Catholics Speak Out/Quixote Center, the Women's Ordination Conference (WOC), and DignityUSA are delighted to announce this week's kick-off of a public speaking tour for Rev. Ida Raming.

Rev. Raming is a pioneering feminist theologian whose work helped spark the contemporary international campaign for the ordination of women. Raming was ordained to the priesthood on June 29, 2002, with six other women on the Danube River.

Gay Catholics Denounce Attacks in Vatican Sexual Lexicon

April 2, 2003 — Lesbian and gay Catholics in the US will find the comments on homosexuality in the Vatican's new glossary of sexual terms "infuriating, but, unfortunately, not surprising," according to leaders of DignityUSA. The nearly 1000-page "Lexicon on Ambiguous and Colloquial Terms about Family Life and Ethical Questions" was released in Italian by the Vatican's Pontifical Council on the Family.

Gay Catholic Group Protests Vatican Statement on Sex Reassignment Surgery

 January 29, 2003 — DignityUSA views the recent Vatican statement on Sex Reassignment Surgery as “trivializing the life long struggles of our transgender and intersexed sisters and brothers in Christ,” according to a recent statement from the organization’s leaders. They also said, “It is troubling that such a statement was released in secrecy and then made available only to the presidents of bishops conferences at a later date.”