Faithful Catholics committed to full equality for LGBT people in the church and civil society
Equally Blessed Pilgrimage to World Meeting of Families
Fired by a vision of a church that transcends cultural prejudices, the Equally Blessed coalition seeks to educate and inspire Catholics to take action on behalf of LGBT people, their families and friends.
On January 23, 2015, Equally Blessed sent this letter to President Barack Obama in response to his statements at the 2015 State of The Union Address:
"As Americans... we defend free speech, and advocate for political prisoners, and condemn the persecution of women, or religious minorities, or people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. We do these things not only because they're right, but because they make us safer...”
For several years now, we have seen a troubling trend in Catholic places of employment. Bishops are overstepping to meddle in employees' personal lives. Firing competent, beloved teachers for same-sex marriages, requiring whole staffs to agree to statements calling contraception evil, and forbidding discussion of women's equality in the church are now being included in morality clauses that administrators, teachers, and staff must sign.
New contracts, like the most recent one in San Francisco, now govern whom one can marry, use of birth control and other reproductive choices, and in the most egregious of cases, what events one can attend and whom one can and cannot associate with. Attending your nephew's wedding to his husband, or posting a congratulatory message on Facebook, could now cost you your job.
March 23, 2015-- Marianne Duddy-Burke, a Boston woman who leads DignityUSA, a group of gay Catholics, said she's hoping for a symbolic gesture from Francis.
"As a gay family, we're going (to the World Meeting) to talk about our experiences," said the married mother of two. "We want them to know what it's like to try to live an authentically faithful life as a Catholic family with two moms."