New Ways Ministry Welcomes Supreme Court Decisions on Marriage Equality

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The following is a statement of Francis DeBernardo, Executive Director, New Ways Ministry on the Supreme Court’s decisions about marriage equality:

The Supreme Court’s decisions today that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional and that marriage equality should be revived in California feel like “justice rolling down like a river,” in the words of the prophet Amos. While Catholic bishops will not welcome these decisions, the people in the pews of Catholic parishes across the country are ecstatic that these major injustices against their lesbian and gay friends and family members are now dissolved.  We thank the Court for these decisions, and we give thanks to God for answering our many prayers seeking justice.

Catholic lay people across the U.S. and in California have worked hard to support their deeply held Catholic belief that equal treatment by our government’s laws should be extended to lesbian and gay couples who want to marry.  Catholics hold this belief because of their faith, not in spite of it.  Our Catholic social justice tradition motivates us to work for strong families and expansive social protections, and these can only be achieved when all families are treated fairly and equally under the law.

These Supreme Court decisions are definitely not the final word on marriage equality in our nation.  Much work remains to be done.  And Catholics will be part of that work in state and national campaigns to facilitate marriage equality and to end other injustices against LGBT people such as discriminatory immigration policies.   Catholics will stand with those of other faiths to show that religious people do not support discrimination.

Catholics also have work to do within our own church.  We are ashamed and dismayed that our bishops are often the most vocal opponents of marriage equality.  Their statements often reveal a stunning ignorance of lesbian and gay lives and a lack of compassion that is unbecoming of faith leaders.  Catholics pray that today’s Supreme Court decisions will open our bishops’ eyes so that they will at least meet and dialogue with lesbian and gay Catholics and their families.  If the bishops do this, they will witness firsthand how the Gospel of justice and love which they preach is practiced by those they consider the least in their flocks.

New Ways Ministry is a 36-year old national Catholic ministry of justice and reconciliation for LGBT people and the Catholic Church.  For more information visit http://www.NewWaysMinistry.org.

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21 Responses to New Ways Ministry Welcomes Supreme Court Decisions on Marriage Equality

  1. Janet Hanson says:

    Met you all at Pax Christi National Meeting. Thanks for your courage and hard work. It’s a great day!

  2. Tragic says:

    […] DeBernardo of New Ways Ministry, national Catholic ministry of justice and reconciliation for LGBT people and the Catholic Church […]

  3. Maggie says:

    I respectfully disagree with you. As Catholic I follow Jesus teaching and the model of family he presented us with was his own family: Mary and Joseph, a woman and a man.

    • Chris D. says:

      Jesus had two dads.

      • Donn Murphy says:

        Mary and Joseph were Jesus’ parental family. He had His beloved Disciple, John

      • L. Newington says:

        Yes, and he had a problem proving who was and who wasn’t…..
        Sounds familiar from where I sit with more than one child being reared by one ,other than their paternal fathers….and they were hetrosexual
        The bishops should deal with those matter first.

    • Mark says:

      Jesus said nothing about homosexuality. Nothing. It seems if was actually important to Him He would have mentioned it at least once.

  4. artquiltma says:

    Jesus taught us to love one another, and he expressed love and acceptance for all. That is the basic message of Christian belief but the Catholic Church has gotten very far from it. I cannot belong to a church that finds reasons to judge people and refuse to love them for who they are.

  5. Linda Bowen says:

    ” the people in the pews of Catholic parishes across the country are ecstatic that these major injustices against their lesbian and gay friends and family members are now dissolved”…..
    It seems to try to imply that there is Universal euphoria over this decision and there is not. I agree with Maggie and my concern now is that Catholics, Baptists, Orthodox Jews, etc with all be labeled “bigots” if we disagree. That disagreement may also lead to an infringement on our freedom to worship because we “discriminate” against gays. That there will be costly court battles if the church does not allow gay Catholics to be married in their churches. I have seen very little in the way of tolerance from the gay community.

  6. I don’t care for the sweeping generalization that Catholics, who sit in the pew, support LGBT. I and my family sit in the pew and most certainly do not support marriage outside of its Biblical definition. Marriage joins one man and one woman, who forsake their respective families to cleave to one another.

    • Donn Murphy says:

      Your gay grandchildren or great-grandchildren will eventually influence your thinking. Gay marriage joins one man and one man, or one woman and one woman, who forsake their respective families to cleave to one another, just as you have done. Whomsoever God has joined together, let no one in your pew wish asunder. Judge not, lest you shall be judged.

  7. Sharon Holzschuh says:

    One out of two marriages in the U.S. ends in divorce. Cleave? I don’t think so.

  8. Friends says:

    No religious denomination in the United States will EVER be forced to marry people within its church premises whom it declines to marry, for whatever theological or political or social reason. But the vicious rhetoric from high Church officials, who are now condemning the legal authorization of secular marriage for same-sex couples as “tragic”, is so mean-spirited and wrong-headed and callous that it’s completely off the charts. This Church desperately needs new (and newly-enlightened) charismatic leadership. Pope Francis, to be fair, is moving in that direction. But it’s going to require a long, hard process of “Reformation” to set the Church on a new course of true pastoral relevancy and service to the world.

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