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My Mom Takes Roman Catholic Leaders to Task

This post comes from HRC's Online Advocacy Manager James Servino:

My mother is amazing. She's had my back from the second I came out to her – and long before that.

When she heard that the leaders of our Roman Catholic Church had spent $2 million on anti-gay marriage ballot campaigns in this election, she wrote a letter to the top Catholic bishop in the U.S., sticking up for people like me. I think it's a message he desperately needs to hear.

If you agree with what she's saying – whether or not you're Catholic – add your name to the letter and pass it along. (We're going to deliver the letter to Cardinal Dolan in the next week, so act quickly!)

The letter reads:

To: His Eminence Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York

Your Eminence,

I've been going to Catholic mass almost every week since I was a little girl. My aunts and uncles are nuns and priests. My husband was a member of the Knights of Columbus. We raised our kids in our parish community and sent them to Catholic schools. Catholicism is more than just a belief for me – it's a deep seed of my identity.

And it has always taught me that God made us all, and loves us all the same. The same way I try to love all my kids. That's why, when my incredible son told me he was gay, it didn't change my love for him one bit.

He's always my child.

That's why I was outraged to learn that the leadership of our Church just spent $2 million on anti-gay marriage ballot campaigns. Think of all the positive things that $2 million could have accomplished. Think of the hungry fed, the sick comforted, the homeless sheltered. Instead you chose to use parishioners' donations like mine to divide and discriminate.

Catholicism teaches us to love one another – not to attack our sons and daughters for simply wanting to make lifelong commitments and start families. You won't have to ever marry a same-sex couple, but it makes no sense to deny them the right to be married under the law. And your parishioners aren't going to stand for it much longer.

I think it's time we all got on the right side of history. I hope you do, too.

I hope you'll join my mom and add your name to the letter now. We each have to speak up and make a clear case for equality, whether or not we're Roman Catholic. In the next election, Church leaders could decide to pour even more money into anti-gay ballot campaigns if we don't speak out now.

We're going to send the letters along later this week.

Thanks for taking a stand.

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