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HRC & Freedom to Marry to Cardinal Dolan: End Support of NOM

Have you ever wondered why hospitals, soup kitchens, and even parish churches are being closed for lack of funds while the Catholic Church hierarchy and affiliated organizations like the Knights of Columbus are funneling millions of dollars into the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage?  We have.  We know Catholics are fair-minded people.  Today HRC President Joe Solmonese and Freedom to Marry President Evan Wolfson sent a letter to Cardinal Timothy Dolan, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, asking him to end support of NOM.

As you recall, HRC recently uncovered NOM documents soliciting funds for its plans to “drive a wedge between gays and blacks,” and to manipulate Hispanic communities by “making support for marriage a key badge of Latino identity” and “to make opposition to gay marriage an identity marker, a badge of youth rebellion to conformist assimilation to the bad side of ‘Anglo’ culture.”  It is believed the Catholic Church hierarchy has poured millions of dollars into NOM.

NOM’s race-baiting and divisive ways have been exposed and civil rights leaders from all walks of life are taking notice.  Organizations, including the NAACP, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and the National Council of La Raza, have publicly condemned NOM in the recent weeks.  The Catholic Church hierarchy’s support of the fringe group is out of step with fair-minded lay Catholics, 71 percent of whom support civil marriage for same-sex couples (view a letter from Equally Blessed, a coalition of Catholic justice organizations calling on the Catholic Bishops and Knights of Columbus to cut ties to NOM).  Cardinal Dolan, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and the Knights of Columbus have the opportunity to spread the message that all people are loved.   They can do so by ending their support of NOM.

Read the letter from HRC and Freedom to Marry to Cardinal Dolan here.

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