Monthly Archives: June 2013

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US Supreme Court: DOMA unconstitutional, Prop 8 appeal dismissed

The U.S. Supreme Court issued two rulings Wednesday morning regarding same-sex marriage, first finding that the Defense of Marriage Act's marriage definition is unconstitutional and later dismissing the appeal ruling regarding California's Proposition 8 for lack of standing.

While the decisions represented for same-sex marriage supporters a reason for "prayers of thanksgiving," U.S. Catholic bishops described it as "a tragic day for marriage and our nation."

Equally Blessed, a coalition of four Catholic gay ministry organizations, saw the day as reason to "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," the coalition said in a press release, also noting that Kennedy, who wrote the DOMA opinion, is Catholic, as is Sotomayor, who supported the decision.

Catholic coalition celebrates Supreme Court decisions on marriage equality

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.

"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.

Equally Blessed supports Scouts for Equality

Equally Blessed, a coalition of four Catholic groups that have spent more than 120 years working on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their families, issues this letter of support for the work and mission of Scouts for Equality.

Earlier this year, the Boy Scouts of America announced that they were reconsidering the policy of excluding gay boys and gay and lesbian leaders from participation in BSA. Scouts for Equality has been a leader in the efforts to encourage the Boy Scouts to repeal the policy because of its deleterious effects.

It is with admiration and respect that we endorse the work that Scouts for Equality pursues. It is our hope that through combined and continued efforts the Boy Scouts of American may come to see the love that God has for all.