CATHOLIC COALITION CELEBRATES SUPREME COURT DECISIONS ON MARRIAGE EQUALITY

Equally Blessed calls on Catholics to work to extend marriage equality to all states

Washington, D.C., June 21, 2013—Equally Blessed, a coalition of four Catholic organizations that have spent more than 120 years working on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their families, issued the following statement on the Supreme Court rulings announced today on the Defense of Marriage Act and the state of California’s constitutional provision banning same-sex marriage:

“As members of the Catholic Church and citizens of the United States, we are elated that the U. S. Supreme Court has both struck down the Defense of Marriage Act and cleared the way for marriage equality in the state of California. We are especially pleased to see that Justice Anthony Kennedy, a Catholic, wrote the opinion striking down DOMA, and that Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who is also a Catholic, concurred in this historic decision.

"While we would have preferred the Court to find the California law prohibiting same-sex marriage to be clearly unconstitutional, in dismissing the case, the Court has cleared the way for same-sex couples to be legally married in that state.

"Catholics around the country have worked hard to pass legislation that permits same-sex couples to marry, and protects lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination. They have done so not in spite of their faith, but because of it, knowing that every human being is created in the image and likeness of God, and that all of God’s children must be treated with dignity, compassion and respect.

"The court today has removed two obstacles blocking the path to justice for same-sex couples, but that path must still be walked. So today we celebrate and offer prayers of thanksgiving, and tomorrow we invite our fellow Catholics to join us in working to bring marriage equality to the states in which it has not yet been written into law."

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 Equally Blessed is a coalition of four Catholic organizations that have spent more than 120 years working on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their families. Collectively and individually, Call To Action, DignityUSA, Fortunate Families, and New Ways Ministry are devoted to informing, supporting and giving voice to the growing majority within the Catholic Church in the United States that favors equality under law for LGBT people.

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Catholic Church and Gays

I'm a 72 year-old cradle Catholic, mother of nine, grandmother of 15, who attended a Catholic all-girl high school. I did not know anything about gays back then but now know several of our fellow students were gay. How painful it must have been for these girls to hide who they were.
I attend Mass in a community with many gay men and women and find their spirituality inspiring as they freely choose to worship as Catholics in spite of our Catholic Church's treatment of them. I've never felt the Holy Spirit more than the time I spend in liturgy with them.
I pray someday the Catholic Church will see that gays are not a threat and will embrace them as full members of the church - receiving all sacraments.

Supreme Court decision

I am so happy for my LGBT brothers and sisters who now can enjoy the same blessings others could enjoy for so many years. I know our Blessed Lord is happy with this merciful and just decision. May God bless all of us.

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