A group of American LGBT Catholics have created a new organisation to promote gay political causes and help bridge the gap between the traditional wing of the Church and the more progressive followers of the faith.

Catholics for Equality say that they seek to empower “pro-equality Catholics to put our faith into ethical and effective political action on behalf of the LGBT community and their families”.

Their website, which is currently under construction, is to have a tool for reporting “anti-equality political activity in your parish”. Equality issues they plan to devote their attention to include equality in the workplace, the military and the family, plus marriage equality and related issues around immigration.

The website states that the Catholic “heirarchy” favour political campaigns to oppose LGBT equality at the ballot box, and that “Catholic-elected officials who support legal equality for LGBT people are under increasing pressure from the hierarchy”.

They add that they wish to mobilise and educate Catholic voters and that Catholics who support full LGBT equality are in the majority in America.

In addition, the not-for-profit organisation hope to branch out with a non-political sister project, allowing them to engage in campus outreach programmes and engage “prominent pro-equality Catholics in the entertainment, civic, business and sports areas, providing them [with] a national platform as leading American Catholics to voice their support for LGBT equality”.

www.catholicsforequality.org