A victory for the gay rights movement happened June 26, 2015 when the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the Constitution guarantees the right to same-sex marriage. The decision was the culmination of years of litigation and activism. President Obama reacted: “It affirms what millions of Americans already believe in their hearts.” The truth of that statement rang true as people crowded outside of the courthouse chanting, “Love has won!” It really is about love winning over hate and division.
The day after this momentous decision, the Precious Blood LGBT Committee met to ponder our reaction to this historic event. How does the Catholic Church respond to this critical decision? Polls indicate that most Americans approve of the unions. What is the Catholic Church’s response to these unions? These loving folks are in our pews on Sundays. Our faith calls us to be welcoming and supportive of the LGBT Community.
The Precious Blood LGBT Committee is a good mix of homosexual and heterosexual individuals seeking to create a dialogue in our religious community about this very important social justice issue– gay rights. I am pleased to be on this committee to promote dialogue and education. Our meeting went well as we explored opportunities for educational workshops for our own congregations. We want to initiate conversations about human sexuality and the many expressions of human love. We want to continue to foster Precious Blood parishes that are welcoming to the LGBT Community. Please join the dialogue in response to this momentous decision of the Supreme Court.
Daryl Charron, C.PP.S