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Wednesday, January 16 2013

Action Alert: Send Catholic-Specific Email to Congress to Respect Marriage and Repeal DOMA

Action Alert

 

U.S. Capitol

Urge Congress to Pass the Respect for Marriage Act to Repeal DOMA

Catholic Specific Email Are Needed to Educate Congress on this Important Issue

 

WASHINGTON - Catholics for Equality, a national organization of Catholics who put their faith into ethical and effective political action on behalf of the LGBT community and their families, today called for Catholics who support civil marriage for same gender couples to send Catholic-specific email urging Congress to pass the Respect for Marriage Act (RMA), a bill to repeal the so-called "Defense of Marriage Act" (DOMA) and restore the rights of all lawfully married couples-including same-sex couples to receive the benefits of marriage under federal law.

On Wednesday, July 20, 2011, the Senate Judiciary Committee will meet to hear testimony on the RMA, DOMA repeal and marriage equality. This the is the first time in two years that formal hearings regarding marriage equality have taken place on Capitol Hill. Catholics for Equality has set up a special online action center for Catholics to easily send Catholic-specific, targeted email to their Members of Congress.

Click Here To Send Your Email To Congress!

Pro-equality American Catholics make up one of the largest voting blocks in the country and can change the narrative on Capitol Hill around this issue," said Catholics for Equality Executive Director Phil Attey. "Polls show that up to 71% of Catholics support civil marriage for same gender couples. If you apply that statistic to the estimated population of Catholics and "Former Catholics" in America, we comprise 24% of the national population - 75,239,069 American pro-equality Catholics. This is not a constituency group Members of Congress can ignore."

Catholics for Equality urges every pro-equality American Catholic to make their voice heard. Lobbyists for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and conservative Catholic groups like the National Organization for Marriage are expected to take the lead in opposing any recognition of same gender couples on Capitol Hill.

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