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WASHINGTON: Catholic Archdiocese Launches Marriage Repeal Petition Drive

The Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle has launched a drive to distribute petitions in support of placing a repeal of same-sex marriage on the November ballot.
“Treating different things differently is not unjust discrimination,” the bishops claim. “Marriage can only be between a man and a woman because of its unique ends, purpose and place in society. The word ‘marriage’ isn’t simply a label that can be attached to different types of relationships. “Instead ‘marriage’ reflects a deep reality — the reality of the unique, fruitful, lifelong union that is only possible between a man and a woman. There is nothing else like it, and it can’t be defined or made into something that it isn’t.” State Sen. Ed Murray, D-Seattle, a Catholic and long-partnered gay man who sponsored the same-sex marriage bill, described the bishops’ deployment of parishes to gather signatures as “fairly reprehensible.” “To use church resources, in advancing a measure that promotes discrimination, is incredibly disappointing,” Murray said. “As a gay person, and a Catholic, I can understand their refusal to perform (gay) marriages. Using the church in promoting a referendum . . . is very disappointing.”
Archbishop J. Peter Sartain (above), took time out of enabling pedophiles to ask that parishioners not distribute the petitions on Easter. Because that would be unholy.

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