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Gay Catholics Celebrate as First Day of Civil Marriage for Same-Gender Couples Approaches in MA

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Alice Knowles, Dignity/Boston

Matthew Gallagher, DignityUSA 
202-861-0017 (office)
301-325-7650 (cell)

"We want to thank and honor all those who have brought us to this point in history — the same-gender couples who challenged the law, the attorneys and activists, and the public officials who supported us, amidst tremendous pressure from the Catholic Church and some members of the public," said Alice Knowles, president, Dignity/Boston. "We are especially grateful for the support of thousands of Catholics who stood for equality for same-gender couples in the face of an unprecedented and harsh campaign by Catholic leaders.

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DignityUSA Appalled by President Bush's Call for Constitutional Amendment

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Matthew Gallagher, Executive Director
       Office: 202.861.0017
       Cell: 301.325.7650

DignityUSA, the leading organization for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Catholics is appalled that President Bush would support amending the constitution to include discrimination. GLBT Catholics and non-Catholics alike are working for equal rights in all parts of society, but the President wants to keep these citizens from enjoying the same rights as heterosexuals.

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Gay Catholics Reject Cardinal Egan's Remarks on Same-Sex Marriage

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Dignity/New York, Inc. 
P. O. Box 1554, 
FDR Station 
New York, NY 10150

Say Comparison to Britney Spears is "cruel and inappropriate"

New York, NY, February 9, 2004 — Leaders of Dignity New York, an organization for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered Catholics, strongly criticized Cardinal Edward Egan's remarks on gay marriage at St. Patrick's Cathedral on Sunday, February 8.

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Gay Catholics Hail Massachusetts High Court Ruling on Same Sex Marriage

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Alice Knowles: 617.421.1915

Matthew Gallagher: cell — 301.325.7650

Dignity/Boston and DignityUSA Celebrate Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court's Clarity and Forcefulness on Equality

Boston, MA and Washington, DC — The leaders of Dignity/Boston and DignityUSA hailed the most recent statement of the highest court in Massachusetts affirming the rights of same-sex couples to marry as further and significant progress on the road to full inclusion.

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Dignity/Boston Rejects Bishops' Statement on Same-Sex Marriage

Dismayed by Archbishop O'Malley's charge that dissenters possess "erroneous conscience"

Boston — Leaders of Dignity/Boston, a group of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered Catholics and allies, stated their objection to both the most recent actions of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops opposing same-sex marriage and to remarks by Archbishop of Boston, Sean P. O'Malley OFM Cap in the Nov 12 edition of the Boston Globe.

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DignityUSA Calls on Catholics to Support Same-Sex Couples During President Bush's “Marriage Protection Week”

Washington, DC, October 16, 2003 — As President Bush and conservative leaders mark the so-called "Marriage Protection Week," DignityUSA and its chapters and members across the country call upon supportive Catholics everywhere to stand with same-sex couples who are seeking marriage rights and challenge the arguments of the opponents of same-sex marriage.

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Gay Catholics Call for Marriage Rights in Society and Sacramental Blessing of Same Sex Unions by the Church

 Las Vegas, August 10, 2003 — In the midst of the international debate on same-sex marriage, the nation's largest group of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered Catholics have affirmed their commitment to work for full inclusion of same sex couples in society and call on their church to bless same-sex unions.

The board of directors of DignityUSA and the membership assembled for the biennial convention adopted a resolution, saying:

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DignityUSA Passes Resolution on Same-Sex Marriage

The following resolution was passed unanimously by the Board of Directors, DignityUSA during their meeting in Las Vegas, Aug 5-6. The resolution was presented to all assembled at the membership meeting during the 16th DignityUSA biannual convention (Aug 7-10) and received an ovation by all:

August 2003

Whereas DignityUSA believes that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people have the right to full expression of their sexuality in ways that are consistent with Catholic/Christian values, including the right to enter into committed relationships; AND

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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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