Catholics across US celebrate win for marriage equality

Equally Blessed, a coalition of Catholic organizations committed to LGBT equality in the church and civil society, applauds the US Supreme Court’s ruling that states same-sex couples have the constitutional right to marry, which comes after historic victories in predominantly Catholic Ireland and Mexico.

Members of the Equally Blessed Coalition had this to say about the recent ruling:

“Call To Action is elated with today’s Supreme Court outcome. Finally all loving and committed partners and families will be recognized fully and equally. Call To Action embraces a Church rooted in welcome, inclusivity, equality and justice for everyone. This decision reflects those Gospel values,” said Jim FitzGerald, Executive Director of Call to Action.

“As Catholics, we celebrate the increase in justice that this ruling ushers in. We rejoice with all of the couples and families who will be able to access the legal protections that marriage will afford them. Mostly, we are thrilled that the Supreme Court has recognized that the love and commitment of same-sex couples is absolutely equal to that of other couples,” said Marianne Duddy-Burke, Executive Director of DignityUSA.

“Fortunate Families celebrates with our LGBT children the opportunity to share in the same rights as their straight siblings. The Supreme Court decision brings legal stability to our children’s lives and security to our grandchildren. We applaud this decision and continue our work in the Catholic tradition seeking social justice for all our children, and we look forward to the next hurdle, the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act,” Deb Word, President of Fortunate Families.

“New Ways Ministry applauds the U.S. Supreme Court for standing up for the American values of fairness and equality and the Catholic values of human dignity and family. This is a great day not only for lesbian and gay couples, but for all Americans, especially Catholics across the country who have worked tirelessly on state marriage equality campaigns to secure equality for their lesbian and gay friends and family members,” said Francis DeBernardo, Executive Director of New Ways Ministry.

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