The Religious Protections Were Good Enough For Archbishop J. Peter Sartain, So Why Is NOM-Rhode Island Complaining?

By: Wednesday January 30, 2013 12:20 pm

National Organization for Marriage in Rhode Island states flatly that “No religious protections are good enough” in Rhode Island’s proposed marriage equality law.  ”There are no religious exemptions that would make same-sex marriage legislation safe enough from those who would seek to interpret the law”. It’s hard to take these statements seriously knowing that Seattle [...]

Seattle’s Catholic Archbishop Finds Solace in Washington’s Freedom To Marry Law

By: Monday December 17, 2012 9:32 am

In the wake of Washington state voters approving the state’s new civil marriage and religious freedom law, which allows same-sex couples to marry, Archbishop J. Peter Sartain has summarized archdiocesan policy regarding same-sex marriage.  From the latest Archdiocese of Seattle Policy Refresher: ARCHDIOCESAN POLICY BASED ON CANON LAW No priest or deacon or lay minister [...]

Seattle Archbishop J. Peter Sartain Drops the Pretense, Calls for Special Rights for Heterosexuals

By: Thursday March 8, 2012 12:21 pm

Opponents of lifting bans on access to civil marriage licenses for same-sex couples frequently claim that lifting those bans somehow amounts to “special rights” for same-sex couples. For example, Gary Randall, a retired televangelist from Oregon with a long history of opposing civil rights for Washington’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) residents, makes frequent [...]

Washington’s Catholic Hierarchy Attempts a Secular Argument Against Marriage Equality

By: Saturday January 14, 2012 9:10 pm

In response to the filing on Friday of Washington’s civil marriage equality bill, the Washington State Catholic Conference issued a statement in opposition called “Marriage and the Common Good” (PDF). The document is signed by the state’s four bishops (pictured below), including Archbishop of Seattle J. Peter Sartain who is also secretary-elect to the United [...]

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