Our experience in welcoming same sex couples into our community life is a reminder that God is a most gracious and wonderful Creator. The witnessing of these marriages is a source of joy and celebration for family and friends. We value the love and commitment that these couples have for each other and their children. While committed same-sex relationships have always existed through time, the civil recognition of these relationships provides both dignity and equality as called for in our nation‘s highest ideals, "the inherent natural rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."
As Roman Catholics, we differentiate between sacramental marriage and civil marriage, and therefore we perceive that same-sex civil marriage poses no threat to our Church. While we respect the authority and integrity of the Church in matters of faith, our prayers and reflection have brought us to a new openness on this issue. We urge the Church to treat with respect in both word and deed same-sex couples who have entered into civil marriages.
The petition is open to any Catholic resident of Massachusetts. Providing information about your specific parish membership is optional, and signing the petition does not affirm that you are actively practicing. If you are a Massachusetts resident who identifies as Catholic and you are a supporter of equal civil marriage rights, please sign the petition and urge others to do the same.
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