WASHINGTON - Human Rights Campaign Religion and Faith Program Director Harry Knox issued the following statement today in response to the Catholic Church barring a lesbian couple from receiving communion. The couple, who were married in Canada, spoke out in opposition to a Wyoming bill that would deny the recognition of marriage rights for same-sex couples in the state. As a result, church officials said explicitly that the couple were denied communion due to their advocacy for marriage equality.
"In this holy Lenten season, it is immoral and insulting to Jesus to use the body and blood of Christ the reconciler as a weapon to silence free speech and demean the love of a committed, legally married couple. The Human Rights Campaign grieves with the couple, Leah Vader and Lynne Huskinson, over this act of spiritual and emotional violence perpetrated against them."
The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against GLBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.
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