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News Archive (2008)

DignityUSA’s Couples Ministry

By Deb Myers and Nickie Valdez, Co-Chairs, Couples Ministry Committee

Marriage, same-sex unions, domestic partnerships, civil unions have all been part of the national and local political landscape for at least the last decade in this country. In reality, gay men and lesbians have been creating loving, physically and spiritually committed relationships as long as our heterosexual bothers and sisters.

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DignityUSA Board of Directors Meeting Summary

DignityUSA’s Board of Directors met July 25-27, 2008, in Denver at the Hampton Inn & Suites Denver-Downtown.

The weekend started early for most of the board who traveled to Rocky Mountain National Park on Friday, July 25th. DignityUSA President Mark Matson wanted board members to see some of what makes his home state a natural wonder. Those who went into the mountains did see God’s majesty — rock formations, varying weather, unique flora and brave bicyclists who made it up those peaks.

Talking with Friends, Families, and Colleagues about Marriage for Gay and Lesbian Couples

Developed by DignityUSA with the assistance of Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).

There is no question that marriage and other forms of recognition for gay and lesbian couples are tough issues for many Catholics. Happily, most Catholics want to do the right thing, both from a faith perspective and in recognition of the gay people in their lives whom they love and respect. They’re just not sure what the right thing is.

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Talking with your Legislator about Same-Gender Marriage: Catholics for Marriage Equality

  1. It is very important to identify yourself as a Catholic who supports marriage equality.
    • Talk a little about the role faith plays in your life.
    • If official Church teachings on homosexuality have influenced your beliefs at any time, be honest about that.
  2. Talk about why this issue is important to you.
    • Be honest and specific about your relationship to marriage equality.

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DignityUSA Stands in Solidarity with Woman Priests Ordered Excommunicated by Vatican

Contact Information: 

Marianne Duddy-Burke, Executive Director, 617-669-7810
Jeff Stone, Director of Media Relations, 212-662-9818


Boston, MA —Leaders of DignityUSA, the organization of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Catholics, as well as their families and allies, expressed outrage at the Vatican’s order of immediate excommunication of women ordained to the priesthood, as well as the bishops who ordained them.

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DignityUSA Leaders Interviewed as California Begins Marrying Gay and Lesbian Couples

Monday, June 16, 2008 — DignityUSA Vice President Lourdes Rodgriguez-Nogues is scheduled to appear on CNN en Espanol’s show Encuentro tonight in a live segment during the 6:00 PM hour, Eastern time. She will discuss the beginning of marriage for same-gender couples in California from the perspective of having been married in Massachusetts four years ago this week.

Litany recited at the United Nations during Pope Benedict XVI’s Pastoral Visit to the United States

Please join us in this litany. Our response will be, Loving God, hear us.

Loving God, we come today to pray for the peoples of the world, Your world, whose lives are touched by the words and actions of Pope Benedict XVI. We especially lift up to you all people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, and those who have been touched by HIV/AIDS. And so we pray…

When I Came Out to My Mother

Remarks made at demonstration at the United Nations during Pope Benedict XVI’s Pastoral Visit to the United States

By Lourdes Rodríguez-Nogués
Vice-President, DignityUSA

When I came out to my mother, the first question she asked me was:

“What about God?”
I think that what she really was asking was:
         “Do you still love God?”
         “Does God still love you?”
         “Can you go to Mass? Would you?”
         “Is God going to reject you?”
         “Are you going to abandon God?”

Remarks made at demonstration at the United Nations during Pope Benedict XVI’s Pastoral Visit to the United States

By Marianne Duddy-Burke
Executive Director, DignityUSA

As Catholics, we believe that all people throughout the world are beloved daughters and sons of one loving God. All of us are sisters and brothers. And we share an even deeper bond with members of the Catholic Church, as we are joined by a common Baptism, and through our sharing of the Eucharist. It is in this spirit that we come today, to call on Pope Benedict XVI to honor his responsibility to the people of his flock, and to the people of the world.