CATHOLIC LGBT HISTORY: DignityUSA Issues Guidelines for Holy Unions – Bondings 2.0

DignityUSA Issues Guidelines for Holy Unions

It has been two years since marriage equality became the law of the land in the U.S., but it has been twenty years since an LGBT Catholic organization here in the U.S. issued their own guidelines for same-sex marriage, way ahead of the general population.

In August 1997,  The Washington Blade, the LGBT weekly newspaper of the District of Columbia metropolitan area, wrote an article about DignityUSA releasing a new set of guidelines for lesbian and gay couples preparing for a marriage ritual referred to as a Holy Union (which at the time would not have been a legally binding ceremony).  The news article explains:

“At its national convention last week, Dignity released its guidelines for the holy union of same-sex couples.  The guidelines, which also include a registry of couples that have joined in a ho9ly union, stemmed from a two-year research effort.”

Full report– Bondings 2.0

Dignity USA: “Join Webinar with Dr. Mary Hunt” Tuesday, June 12, 2012 9:00 PM (EST)

 Mary E. Hunt, Ph.D. will share her views on the current state of feminist theology, the Vatican attacks on American nuns, the need for a “preferential option for Catholic lesbians” and more during DignityUSA’s next Queer Catholic Faith videoconference. To register for the event, which will be held Tuesday, June 12, 2012 from 9:00 to 10:00 PM (Eastern time), click on

 Never done a videoconference before? Give it a try! As long as you have high-speed internet, you can participate!

Note: an earlier announcement listed the time for this event as 8:30 PM. It will now be held at 9:00 PM.

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