Who We Are
We know that God is a God of Love.
We believe God desires inclusiveness for all families in the benefits conferred by civil marriage.
We affirm the Constitutional right of the Church hierarchy to define who can wed in the Catholic Church.
We are heartened that the same Constitutional right prohibits the Catholic hierarchy from imposing its dogma outside its own institutions.
We commit ourselves to advocating the highest expectations for human dignity, fairness and freedom exemplified by Vatican II and demonstrated by Catholic Social Justice teachings throughout our history.
We echo Dorothy Day: "No one has the right to sit down and feel hopeless. There is still too much work to do."
We look forward to hearing from you and working with you in this our common effort.
C4ME is composed of Catholic (practicing, distanced; self-identified, cultural) individuals or groups that affirm the C4ME purpose: (1) to demonstrate publicly and respectfully that civil marriage for same-sex couples is a matter of freedom and fairness, consistent with traditional Catholic social justice principles; (2) to encourage Catholics to exercise their responsibility to inform and follow their consciences on this and related civic issues, and (3) to advocate for public policies that strengthen families of all kinds by supporting loving relationships, promoting the well-being of children, and building communities. Catholics For Marriage Equality is a registered Non-Profit Corporation in the State of Maine. C4ME is a 501(c)(4) which means donations are not tax deductible but greatly appreciated. This web site is owned by Charles G. Martel, LCSW of Boston, Massachusetts and Anne Underwood, Esq. of Topsham, Maine. Both led C4ME efforts in their respective states.