Photos from the August 20 press conference

Marianne Duddy-Burke at press conference

Marianne Duddy-Burke, Executive Director of DignityUSA and founding member of the Equally Blessed coalition, worked with Dr. Mary McAleese, the former president of Ireland, and the Wijngaards Insitute to announce the start of a new academic study that will examine Vatican teaching on homosexuality and gender theology.

Pictured above at a press conference on August 20, Marianne speaks of her family’s decision to attend the World Meeting of Families in Ireland, and is quoted saying, “For me and my family, it is important that we be here. We may be the only rainbow family in the entire gathering, but without us the group gets to speak about us as ‘them.’ Because we are present, we are ‘us’ and our church is ‘us.’ ”

Way to go, Marianne, Becky, Emily, and Finn!

To read news coverage of the announcement, check out the Independent and the National Catholic Reporter.

Marianne Duddy-Burke speaking at the press conference

Members of the press event

For more information on Equally Blessed’s presence at the World Meeting of Families, please visit our new resource page.