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My Catholic Faith Calls Me to Love My LGBT Neighbor

A message from Equality PA supporter Christa Kerber:

When Pope Francis visited Philadelphia, I spent the week in Center City with Catholics from around the world, including LGBT Catholics, who are working for LGBT equality in the church and in our society. It was inspiring and reminded me that so many Catholics agree that LGBT people are children of God and deserve to live in our communities with full equality.

I am working with Equality Pennsylvania to reach out to fellow Catholics who support LGBT equality. I invite all Catholics in Pennsylvania to join me in speaking up for our LGBT neighbors who deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.

As a faithful Catholic in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, I support equal protection under the law for LGBT people, not in spite of my Catholicism, but because of it.

That’s why I and many other Catholics have signed this petition in support of protecting LGBT people from discrimination. If you identify as Catholic, please sign on today!

Right now, citizens of Pennsylvania can legally be fired from their job, evicted from their home, or refused service at a business for no reason other than their sexual orientation or gender identity. It is time to change that by updating the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act to include the same protections for LGBT citizens as we do for other minority groups.

Sister Jeannine Gramick, a Philadelphia native who has devoted her life to LGBT equality, reminds us in her letter of support for the Pennsylvania Fairness Act that the teaching of the Catholic Church is “based on the principle that all persons are created by God with an intrinsic human dignity, regardless of one’s actions, appearance, or any circumstances in one’s life. Because we all share in a common humanity, all persons must be accorded equal respect and dignity. This includes lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons.” I am calling on all Catholics to help us live up to this ideal.

Many people do not know that the Catechism of the Catholic Church states that gay and lesbian people “must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided.” It is in line with the official doctrine of our church to protect LGBT people from discrimination.

Please consider joining me, and other Pennsylvania Catholics, in raising your voice for justice. Sign the
Catholic petition today.  -OR- forward this email to one of your Catholic friends or family members!

Your support will help us show our legislators that most Catholics are good and loving people who want to do the right thing by their LGBT friends, family members, co-workers, and neighbors. I believe doing this means we are following the example of Jesus Christ.

Peace be with you,
Christa Kerber

P.S. When you sign the petition, please make a note if you would like to talk with me over the phone about what we can do to raise awareness about LGBT discrimination.

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