LGBT Catholics Support Expanded Civil Rights Protections

Indianapolis, Dec. 28, 2015. Dignity/Indianapolis, a community of LGBTQ Catholics and allies, announces our support for amending Indiana law to expand civil rights protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

It is a terrible reality that discrimination in housing, education, and employment continue to expose LGBTQ Hoosiers to injustice and inequality in our state.

Inspired by our Catholic faith, we recognize the equal dignity of all persons.[1] We embrace our church’s teaching that shelter, education, and employment are universal and inviolable rights to be afforded to all.[2][3] And we believe that LGBTQ persons should in all circumstances be treated with respect, never subject to discrimination.[4] Further, we accept the Gospel call to strive against social and economic inequality.[5] And as citizens, we accept our civic responsibility to support laws that safeguard the rights of all people, including the LGBTQ community.[6]

In a special way, we make known our support for transgender Hoosiers. Any proposed legislation ought to assure them legal protections during their entire process of coming out. Affirming the dignity of all persons also necessitates equal and unhindered access to public restroom facilities. We express our hope that the Indiana General Assembly will give renewed consideration to the welfare of transgender citizens as the legislative process moves forward in the new year.

We take this opportunity to invite our fellow Catholics, all people of faith, and all people of goodwill to join us in advocating for the civil rights of LGBTQ Hoosiers during the upcoming legislative session. While no law can bring about perfect justice, we believe that legal protections for LGBTQ citizens reaffirm our deepest values as Hoosiers and as followers of Jesus Christ.

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Dignity/Indianapolis is a local chapter of DignityUSA, the nation’s foremost organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Catholics, their families, friends and supporters.

 

[1] John XXIII. Pacem in Terris, sec. 44.

[2] Second Vatican Council. Gaudium et spes, sec. 26.

[3] National Conference of Catholic Bishops. The Right to a Decent Home: A Pastoral Response to the Crisis in Housing, sec. 33.

[4] Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2nd ed., 2358.

[5] Second Vatican Council. Gaudium et spes, sec. 29.

[6] Ibid., sec. 75.