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…”
“I’ve seen something like gay marriage go from a wedge issue used to drive us apart to a story of freedom across our country, a civil right now legal in states that seven in ten Americans call home…”
-President Obama, 2015 State of the Union Address
Dear President Obama,
We, the members of the Equally Blessed coalition, would like to thank you for your kind, generous and truthful words during the State of the Union address. As Catholics committed to full equality and justice for LGBT people, we applaud the inclusion of LGBT people and families in your speech. Our country is changing rapidly and becoming more accepting, but too many still find themselves often on the outside looking in.
Equally Blessed is a coalition of four national Catholic organizations which have a combined total of 130 years of experience working for LGBT equality in our church and civil society. We represent the majority of Catholic voters in the U.S. who share your vision of a just and inclusive society. We strive to assist those who still suffer from misunderstanding and ignorance.
We know children who have been discarded after coming out, left homeless and alone, people who have lost their jobs after getting married to a same-gender partner or coming out as transgender, and those pained by faith leaders who have worked to deny legal protections for LGBT people. It truly will take a village to correct the misconception that LGBT people are “less than” and don’t deserve equal treatment under the law and in our country.
Our hope is that your words will inspire all branches of government, on both federal and state levels, to work towards more inclusive legislation for the LGBT community. Our community deserves equal footing in job markets, education and in creating their own families.
With prayers that Americans of all creeds can take your words to heart, we thank you!