Former Chairman of Catholic Charities of Boston Calls Preserve Marriage Washington On Its Lies

By: Sunday October 14, 2012 12:22 pm

It’s one of National Organization for Marriage’s favorite fact-free canards: if same-sex couples are allowed access to civil marriage, religious-based charities will be forced to close up shop. Preserve Marriage Washington, a local arm of NOM trying to block approval of Referendum 74 and thereby repeal Washington’s freedom to marry law, has included this scurrilous [...]

Washington’s Catholic Bishops Promote the Lie That the Freedom to Marry Law Confers No New Legal Rights

By: Sunday October 7, 2012 2:55 pm

“Registered domestic partners in Washington State already have legal equality with married couples, and they possess all the legal rights and benefits of marriage.” This is the outright lie being promoted by the Roman Catholic bishops of Washington state and Preserve Marriage Washington, opponents of Referendum 74. Referendum 74 is a question on the Nov. [...]

Preserve Marriage Washington Gives Churches Illegal Fundraising Instructions

By: Wednesday September 5, 2012 4:25 pm

Preserve Marriage Washington, the campaign opposing Washington state’s freedom to marry law, has attracted the attention of the state’s Public Disclosure Commission because its fundraising instructions to churches are “not in compliance with state law”, according to the Seattle Times: The fact that churches can call for or allow special collections on behalf of a [...]

Seattle’s St. James Cathedral Rejects Anti-Gay Referendum Campaign

By: Thursday April 12, 2012 9:53 am

In a heartening move Father Michael Ryan, St. James Cathedral‘s senior pastor, e-mailed his congregation this week to inform them that the cathedral was not participating in the signature gathering effort to force Referendum 74 on the November ballot. Referendum 74, a project of National Organization for Marriage, would repeal Washington’s new civil marriage equality [...]

NOM and New Hampshire’s Catholic Bishops Suddenly Support Civil Unions

By: Monday March 19, 2012 5:00 pm

Last week New Hampshire state Rep. David Bates (R) proposed an amendment to his marriage equality repeal bill (HB 427) that would reinstate civil unions. Despite vehemently opposing civil unions in the past, the Diocese of Manchester, which constitutes “The Catholic Church in New Hampshire”, is supporting Rep. Bates’s amendment. In addition to repealing same [...]

It’s Almost As If Washington’s Bishops Own Preserve Marriage Washington

By: Thursday March 15, 2012 8:32 am

What are we to make of this? The Washington State Catholic Conference (WSCC), which represents the Catholic Bishops of the State of Washington on issues of public policy, has created a “Preserve Marriage Washington” (PMW) web page on their site. PMW is the campaign trying to roll back Washington’s new marriage equality law. The WSCC’s [...]

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 [...]

Gov. Chris Gregoire is the 3rd Catholic Governor in a Row to Champion Marriage Equality

By: Friday January 6, 2012 11:10 pm

In announcing her strong support for marriage equality, Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire (D) joins not only a majority of Washington voters but a supermajority of American Catholics who support civil marriage for gay and lesbian couples. Roman Catholics make up about 16% of the population in Washington state, many of whom live in the Puget [...]

Someone Has a Golden Plank in His Eye

By: Monday December 26, 2011 10:04 am

During the Christmas Eve Mass, Pope Benedict XVI urged the faithful to Let us ask the Lord to help us see through the superficial glitter of this season…  All well and good, except that he did this while wearing gold brocade, sitting on a golden throne surrounded by golden trappings, holding up a book festooned [...]

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