Press Releases

Catholics Working for LGBT Equality Pledge to Continue Dialogue that Began at Synod

October 18, 2014: Equally Blessed, a coalition of four Catholic organizations with a combined history of 125 years working for LGBT equality, released the following statement:

This month’s Synod on the Family confirms that there are deep divides in the Catholic hierarchy around issues of human sexuality and that even in the Vatican many Catholics know that it is past time for the church to reconcile with faithful LGBT Catholics.

Equally Blessed Agrees with Synod that LGBT Catholics Bring Gifts to the Church, Pray that those Gifts will be Honored in the Catholic Workplace

We are thrilled that the synod is recognizing what Catholics in the pews have long known: that LGBT individuals are a sacred part of our parish communities and bring immeasurable gifts to the church. We hope these words from the synod will inspire the US Bishops to celebrate the contributions LGBT people make to Catholic schools, hospitals and parishes...

Catholic LGBT Coalition Offers Prayers for Compassion and Justice for Synod on the Family

We offer prayers for all who will participate in the Extraordinary Synod, and for all who minister tirelessly to families throughout the world. We join with all who believe that caring for families is a vital ministry of the Catholic Church. We believe that the Church has the obligation to care for all families, no matter how they are formed, and to do so in a way that is marked by compassion and respect.

Equally Blessed Dismayed by Supreme Court Hobby Lobby Ruling

Employment, Benefits and Services Threatened for LGBT People, Allies

June 30, 2014. Members of Equally Blessed, a coalition of Catholic organizations committed to equality and justice for LGBT people released the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores.

Catholics Applaud Obama’s Plans to Protect LGBT Workers from Discrimination

Equally Blessed supports President Obama’s plans to sign an executive order granting protection for LGBT employees, and urges him to not include a religious exemption.

WASHINGTON, D. C., June 27, 2014—The Equally Blessed coalition released the following statement regarding President Obama’s plans to sign an executive order granting protection for LGBT employees of organizations that take federal money:

On National Marriage Week, Equally Blessed Celebrates All Marriages

In response to the Bishop’s National Marriage Week campaign, the Equally Blessed coalition urges US Catholics to pray for the inclusion and celebration of same-sex couples in the Catholic Church.

Boston, MA., February 6, 2014—Today, the Equally Blessed coalition released the following statement regarding the US Conference of Catholic Bishop’s call for Catholics to participate in “National Marriage Day” on February 9 and “National Marriage Week” on February 7-14:

The National Marriage Week campaign’s limited scope creates an unwelcoming Church for the thousands of US Catholics in same-sex marriages who live their lives as shining examples of love in the face of discrimination. By encouraging local parishes to observe “National Marriage Day” during Sunday mass, the bishops are once again using the liturgy as a weapon to further alienate LGBT Catholics and their supporters.

Time's Person of the Year is a Pope who Listens to Lay Catholics

Time Magazine’s selection of Pope Francis as its Person of the Year recognizes the significant new energy and focus the Pope has brought to Catholicism over the past nine months. His pastoral attitude toward marginalized people, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, is changing the prosecutorial tone that has prevailed in many corners of the church, although there are still many places where the Pope’s message seems to fall on deaf ears.

Catholic Organizations Launch Survey to Collect Lay Input for Vatican Synod on the Family

On November 12, 2013, a group of 15 progressive Catholic organizations (including all four Equally Blessed coalition partners) launched an on-line survey to enable U.S. Catholics to provide input to the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and to the Vatican in preparation for an upcoming Synod on the Family. Over 1,200 Catholics completed the survey within the first three hours after it was made available.