Press Releases

CATHOLICS FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY
For Immediate Release

October 10, 2013
Contact: 
Barbara Marian, 815 943-5504, natvproj@owc.net OR Bob Heineman, 847-682-1056, HeinemanCTA@cta-usa.org

Illinois Catholics Are Visible in Support of Marriage Equality

The three Call To Action chapters in Illinois have joined partners Dignity/Chicago and Fortunate Families with the help of New Ways Ministry to create a Catholics for Marriage Equality campaign in Illinois! 

Members of Call To Action Chicago, Faithful of Southern Illinois (FOSIL), and West Suburban Call To Action are reaching out to Catholics across the state, in support of the October 22nd March On Springfield (www.marchonspringfield.org).

Catholic officials have worked to defeat the effort.  The six Catholic Bishops and their lobbying arm, the Catholic Conference have opposed the bill in Committee, in the Senate and now in the House. 

Meanwhile, various recent polls confirm that a majority of Catholics support the right of civil marriage for same sex couples.  (Quinnipiac Oct 4, 2013)

“What can Catholics do?” asked Barbara Marian, the mother of a gay daughter.  “Support for marriage equality is a natural outcome of the best of Catholic social teaching.  We encourage all Catholics to take a moral stand FOR equal marriage.  Email or call your friends, urge them to get involved, sign up with Catholics for Marriage Equality, attend the rally in Springfield on October 22nd and write letters to the editors.  This is clearly an issue where the bishops do not speak for the membership of the Catholic Church.”

Interested individuals can find the organizers on the web: www.CatholicsforMarriageEquality.net or Facebook: Catholics for Marriage Equality.  Activists are circulating “Sign Up for Marriage Equality” sheets to demonstrate the growing support for justice.

In various states individuals and groups have come together as Catholics for Marriage Equality, with activities integral to the marriage equality effort.  Call To Action members played important roles in organizing the successful campaigns in Maryland, Minnesota, Maine and Washington last year. 

The March on Springfield is October 22nd.  Parishes should be “buzzing” on this issue.  A booklet exploring the positive Catholic approach for marriage equality can be found under “resources” on the website, www.CatholicsForMarriageEquality.net.