Thursday, April 5, 2012

Catholics for Marriage Equality MN Calls on Archbishop Nienstedt to Discontinue Hurtful Marriage Initiative in Catholic High Schools

The following media release was issued today by Catholics for Marriage Equality MN, a grassroots organization of Catholics faithful to Jesus' call to embody justice and compassion, and thus opposed to the proposed "marriage amendment" which would ban civil marriage rights for same-sex couples in Minnesota.

Catholics for Marriage Equality MN is proud of the seniors at DeLaSalle High School in Minneapolis who stood up and spoke on behalf of all loving families, including single-parent and same-sex couple households. These students offered a Gospel counterpoint to the erroneous and profoundly insulting comments of Archdiocesan representatives who, in a recent presentation at the school, equated same-sex commitment and love to bestiality and called single-parent families “less than” two parent families. Catholics for Marriage Equality MN board member Brent Vanderlinden, father of a gay son, remarked, “I hope all Minnesota Catholics will be inspired by these high school seniors to stand with our gay, lesbian and transgender families and friends in the face of this kind of public bullying.”

We call on Archbishop Nienstedt to pull these presenters from any further speaking engagements in Catholic high schools, and to apologize to the Church in the Archdiocese and to those attending the DeLaSalle meeting for the hurtful statements made.

We call on all Catholics to continue the witness of these young people by participating in a powerful music video event on April 28th. Join a church full of Catholics to sing the hymn “For All the Children” in a videotaped performance. More information click here.

Calling All Catholics!
“Come Out and Sing Out!”
Saturday, April 28, 2012, 1:00-3:30pm
Calvary Lutheran Church
(Chicago Ave. S. and 39th St. in South Minneapolis)


  1. Blessings on you all for your bold witness. As Easter approaches, this is a great reminder of what resurrection is about - about the joy promised to us even after the difficult and sometimes terrifying consequences of speaking (and singing) out in opposition to the authorities. Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed!

  2. Pretty sad that in order to sing out, we have to go to a Lutheran Church.

  3. Thank you for speaking out in support of our gay friends and family members.

  4. Awesome ... marriage equality is very similar to giving women the vote over 100 years ago .... it just an obvious recognition of a basic civil right. Religions are not faithful to their underlying philosophy of love when they encourage such awful discrimination.

  5. God bless you, thank you!