Local Catholics urge Archbishop Kurtz's endorsement of anti-discrimination protections

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by WHAS11.com

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 16, 2014 at 10:36 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Dozens of Catholics showed their support for civil rights protections for Kentucky’s LGBT community.

“Catholics for Fairness” is calling on Louisville Archbishop Joseph Kurtz to endorse a bill that would implement statewide, anti-discrimination protections in employment, housing and other institutions for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered Kentuckians.

Recent studies have shown that a majority of Catholics in the U.S. support this kind of law. Its supporters say it’s time Archbishop Kurtz broke his silence on this issue.

“As president of the U.S. Conference of Bishops, we think he would have a great influence on other religious leaders to recognize the need not to discriminate against these individuals,” Rep. Jim Wayne, D-Louisville said.

“We hope this sends a message to the Archbishop that the support is here locally and nationally and we just want to see him take a stand,” Chris Hartman of the Fairness Campaign said.

Participants also took part in a peaceful demonstration outside of the Cathedral of the Assumption before their mass Sunday.

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