Equally Blessed presents bishops with anti-bullying petition

BALTIMORE, November 17, 2011— The Equally Blessed coalition on Monday presented the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops with a petition signed by more than 1,700 U. S. Catholics urging the conference to take a firm public stand against anti-gay bullying. The bishops have previously made no statement on this issue.

“Faithful Catholics find it extremely discouraging to watch their bishops devote ever more time and ever more money on denying lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender people the rights that other citizens of this country take for granted, while remaining silent about the violence that many of us face,” said Marianne Duddy-Burke, executive director of Dignity, a member of the coalition.

Equally Blessed collected the signatures online and through social media in two weeks.

“As Catholics we believe that we can sin through action and inaction,” said Nicole Sotelo, director of communications for Call To Action, an Equally Blessed coalition member.  “A few words from our bishops would give great comfort to LGBT Catholics, and clear instruction about the dignity of every human being to the members of our Church. Yet the conference has repeatedly failed to act.”

Coalition members presented the petitions to a staff member of the U. S. Catholic Conference because they were told that none of the more than 200 bishops meeting in Baltimore had time to greet them.

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