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Marianne T. Duddy-Burke
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Marianne Duddy-Burke is Executive Director of DignityUSA, the leading organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Catholics, their families, friends and allies. She has also served as the organization’s President, Vice-President, New England Regional Director and President of the Boston Chapter. Marianne received a Masters in Theology from Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, Mass., and was an Honors graduate of Wellesley College.

As executive director of DignityUSA, she is a leader of Equally Blessed, a coalition of faithful Catholics who support LGBT people both in the church and in civil society.

Marianne has more than 25 years of non-profit and corporate leadership experience. She has worked in health care, human resources consulting, and the elder care fields.

Marianne lives in Boston, Mass., with her spouse Becky Duddy-Burke and two adopted daughters, Emily, 8, and Infinity, 7.

Entries by Marianne T. Duddy-Burke

A Lesbian Mother on the Discriminatory 'Inclusion Act' Endorsed by Catholic Bishops

(2) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 1:31 PM

Sometimes the personal truly is political.

Today, I read a letter sent by three Catholic bishops to U.S. lawmakers. The letter endorses a bill that would allow publicly funded child welfare agencies to refuse to place children for foster care and adoption with same-sex couples due to "their religious...

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15 Years in the Lives of a Catholic Lesbian Couple

(7) Comments | Posted September 19, 2013 | 11:46 AM

Sept. 6, 2013, was a little different from our traditional Family Friday. That night marked the 15th wedding anniversary for my spouse, Becky, and me. Instead of our usual pizza and cable movie, we got Thai takeout and sat down to watch our wedding video with our two daughters.


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Catholic Church Unfriendly to LGBT People? No, Living a Split Reality

(94) Comments | Posted June 17, 2013 | 6:35 PM

A new Pew Research Center study provides an abysmal assessment of the Catholic Church for those of us who value LGBT inclusion in our faith communities. In a study of 1,197 LGBT adults released on June 13, 2013, 79 percent of those questioned rated Catholicism as "unfriendly" to LGBT people....

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Same-Sex Marriage IS Dangerous -- to Church Workers

(31) Comments | Posted February 16, 2012 | 2:35 PM

On this St. Valentine's Day, we have a new step towards justice and equality for lesbian and gay couples to celebrate. Just yesterday, after Senator Ed Murray welcomed us to "the other side of the rainbow," Governor Christine Gregoire signed marriage equality into law in Washington state. As I watched...

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Why Cardinal George Can Say Such Outrageous Things

(94) Comments | Posted January 8, 2012 | 9:25 AM

In the wake of Chicago Cardinal Francis George's heinous comments comparing LGBT people to the Ku Klux Klan after a change to the city's Pride Parade route meant it would pass by a Catholic parish as a morning Mass would have been starting, Truth Wins Out (TWO) initiated a petition...

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An Open Letter to the President of the US Catholic Bishops: Making Public Policy on LGBT People? Talk to Us First

(7) Comments | Posted November 15, 2011 | 3:13 PM

Dear Archbishop Dolan,

Last week you accepted the resignation of Daniel Avila, who had served as policy adviser for marriage and family to the U.S. bishops' Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage. His recent column in the Boston Pilot suggesting that being lesbian or gay is the result...

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Rallying Around Father Roy: How Catholics Should Respond to His Impending Dismissal

(72) Comments | Posted August 16, 2011 | 8:25 AM

The curtain has risen on the next act in the drama of Father Roy Bourgeois, MM. Acting under orders from the Vatican, the Maryknoll Missionary Fathers have given Roy a final warning that he must recant his support for the ordination of women to the priesthood or be expelled both...

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Religious Liberty vs. Same-Sex Marriage: Is There Really a Conflict?

(1024) Comments | Posted May 18, 2011 | 7:55 AM

As the campaign to legalize same-sex civil marriage gains momentum across the country, opponents are employing new tactics to defend the status quo. Chief among those is the claim that legalizing same-sex marriage will infringe on the religious freedom of those who oppose the practice on theological grounds.

As a...

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