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Wednesday, January 16 2013

Celebrate Pentecost with Catholics for Equality!



When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled,

they were all in one place together.

And suddenly there came from the sky

a noise like a strong driving wind,

and it filled the entire house in which they were.

Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire,

which parted and came to rest on each one of them.

And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit

and began to speak in different tongues,

as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.

-- Acts 2: 1-3




Dear Supporters,

This Sunday we celebrate the feast of Pentecost, the birthday of the Church. The Acts of the Apostles is an amazing account of how the early Christians viewed themselves as a hugely diverse community uniting people from every nation and tongue. In our modern parlance this is a wide diverse community with every identity, orientation, nationality, culture. God speaking to each person's heart and mind. Each person empowered to speak in one's tongue of the mighty acts of God in one's life!

Catholics for Equality was founded in September of 2010. Our mission is to "empower pro-equality Catholics to put our faith into ethical and effective political action on behalf of the LGBT community and their families." We are a political organization that addresses the challenges facing the American Catholic community as we see our bishops becoming increasingly political and using financial resources in their fight to limit or eliminate basic freedoms and rights for the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgendered members of the community.

Every poll of the past few years shows American Catholics are the most supportive Christian denomination of LGBT rights. We believe that this support must be politically mobilized to realize the freedom to marry and form families, the end of workplace, housing, and credit discrimination, the end of bullying and violence, and the ability to flourish in society so that each person can speak of the mighty acts of God in one's life!

Because of your support we have in a very short time become the "go to" Catholic political organization on LGBT issues. We have made the Catholic pro-equality voice present in campaigns for marriage equality in Maryland, Rhode Island, Minnesota, California, and Washington, DC. We have issued press releases and op-eds on the key equality issues of marriage, gender identity, immigration, the workplace, Don't Ask Don't Tell, and safe schools and bullying.

We need your financial support to continue our work to make the pro-equality Catholic voice heard in upcoming battles in New York, Minnesota, and other states being targeted for anti-equality ballot campaigns in 2012. It takes your support to keep our website alive and to be able to work with state legislatures, lobby on behalf of our issues, and produce materials. We have been a volunteer organization and have done amazing things with few resources. But we need to step up the fight for equality!

We ask you to celebrate Pentecost by supporting Catholics for Equality with your $25, $50, or $100 donation. Your donation empowers us to represent the vast majority of fair-minded Catholics who otherwise would not have their voices heard.

We thank you in advance for your support and financial generosity!

Thank you for your support for equality!


Phil Attey - headshot
Yours in the united stand for equality,

signature: Philip M.J. Attey, II

Phil Attey, Executive Director

Catholics for Equality empowers pro-equality Catholics to put our faith into ethical and effective political action on behalf of the LGBT community and their families.

Catholics for Equality was founded in 2011 to support, educate, and mobilize Catholics in the advancement of freedom and equality at the federal, state, and local levels for our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender family, parish and community members.

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