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LGBTQI Catholics and Allies Celebrate “Major Victory” as Secretary of State Blinken Rejects Pompeo Commission

LGBTQI Catholics and Allies Celebrate “Major Victory” as Secretary of State Blinken Rejects Pompeo Commission

DignityUSA, the organization of Catholics committed to justice, equality and full inclusion of LGBTQ+ people in our church and society, joins human rights advocates across the country in celebrating the news that Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has rejected foreign policy recommendations outlined by the Commission on Unalienable Rights established under the Trump administration. The Commission, a project begun during former Secretary Michael Pomeo’s tenure as head of the State Department, promoted a narrow vision of religious liberty as a guiding principle of American foreign policy at the expense of LGBTQI inclusion and women’s rights, and ignored violations against the rights of Muslim and Jewish communities.

DignityUSA was a leading organizer of a coalition of Catholic leaders that called for the Commission’s dissolution in 2019 and condemned the project’s final report in July 2020, calling the State Department’s effort an attempt to “undermine the cohesion of human dignity and all human rights.” This response to the Commission’s report was signed by over 300 Catholic scholars and faith leaders and was featured as a public comment on the State Department’s website later that year.

Marianne Duddy-Burke, Executive Director of DignityUSA, called the State Department shift a “major victory for human rights and an encouraging sign that the United States is resuming its tradition of advocating for marginalized and disadvantaged people around the world. LGBTQ+ people in many countries can breathe more easily now, knowing that the Biden/Harris administration understands that their rights are human rights.”

Duddy-Burke continued, “We are deeply grateful to the hundreds of Catholic leaders who spoke out against the ways some tried to co-opt our faith to exclude LGBTQ+ people, women, immigrants, asylum seekers and other vulnerable people in the name of religious liberty. Our faith proclaims the dignity and human rights of all, and we are grateful that U.S. foreign policy will once again be guided by a broad vision of equity in the human community.”

Contacts:

Marianne Duddy-Burke: execdir@dignityusa.org

Jeff Stone: jefastone@aol.com

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DignityUSA is the world’s largest membership organization of Catholics committed to justice, equality and full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and transgender people in our church and society. Founded in 1969, it is also a founding member of the Global Network of Rainbow Catholics