Last week's passage of Arizona's Proposition 102, Proposition 8 in California, and Proposition 2 in Florida amending these states' constitutions to prevent same-gender marriage was profoundly disappointing to all who believe in fairness and equality. However, I firmly believe that this represents a temporary setback in the ongoing work to ensure justice for all families, and want to point to some of the signs of hope which can serve as building blocks for future successes.
Catholics Support Marriage Rights and Responsibilities for Same-Gender Couples during the Meeting of the U.S. Bishops
Today, as the U.S. bishops begin their meeting in Baltimore, we express our dismay regarding the bishops' use of significant resources - including $200,000 toward Proposition 8 in California - to block same-gender couples from access to the rights and responsibilities of civil marriage. We are opposed to ballot initiatives against same-gender marriage because this takes the dangerous path of putting the fundamental civil rights of a class of U.S. citizens up for a vote.
By Monica, a member of DignityUSA in Dallas/Ft. Worth area, winner of DignityUSA’s Retreat Scholarship
On July 24, 2008, a group of young adults from Call To Action (CTA) landed in New Orleans to spend three days reflecting and rediscovering “home.” This CTA Next Generation retreat entitled, “FINDING HOME IN A BROKEN WORLD: A Retreat on Environmental Racism for Seekers of Spirituality and Justice,” gave each of us a bit of rope to hold onto in the blizzard of apathy, neglect and injustice we find swirling around us today.
By Deb Myers and Nickie Valdez, Co-Chairs, Couples Ministry Committee
The DignityUSA Biennial Convention will be held next year at the Parc 55 Hotel in San Francisco CA, from July 2nd through the 5th 2009. Over 400 gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Catholics, as well as our families and friends, are expected to attend.
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.
The Parc 55 Hotel, located in the city’s financial district and next to the Union Square shopping area and theater districts, will serve as the convention site. Handy public transportation is available. The Convention Committee has secured room rates of $119 per night for single/double, plus $20 each for the 3rd and 4th person (plus room tax). Kids under 12 are free.
Developed by DignityUSA with the assistance of Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).
Early in July 2008, Operations Manager Peggy Burns opened an email from the Director of Religious Education at a California parish. The woman was seeking assis- tance for a mother and son, members of her parish, who were going on retreat together. The son had recently come out as transgender.
Plan your 2009 summer vacation with DignityUSA!
July 2-5, 2009
Parc Fifty Five Hotel, Union Square, San Francisco
Join us in 2009 as we return to San Francisco for DignityUSA's 19th biennial Convention where we will celebrate 40 years of ministry to the LGBT Catholic community.