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Catholic Bishops Make “Reprehensible” Move, Washington Senator Says

Catholic Bishops Make “Reprehensible” Move, Washington Senator Says

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Bishops of the Catholic Church are mobilizing their parishes to repeal the new marriage equality law in Washington, a move the gay state senator who helped push for it there calls "reprehensible."

State senator Ed Murray, who is Catholic, expressed his disappointment to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, which first reported on a letter announcing the move that was delivered to faithful ahead of Easter and signed by Archbishop J. Peter Sartain and Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio Elizondo.

"To use church resources, in advancing a measure that promotes discrimination, is incredibly disappointing," Murray told the P-I. Murray said he expected the Catholic Church would refuse to perform same-sex marriages but not that it would transform its churches into signature-gathering centers.

Opponents of same-sex marriage have to collect 120,577 petition signatures before June 6 in order to add a repeal to the ballot. So far they are lagging way behind, according to reports on their efforts. The law was signed in February by Gov. Christine Gregoire, who is Catholic.

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Lucas Grindley is VP and Editorial Director for Here Media, which is parent company to The Advocate. His Twitter account is filled with politics, Philip Glass appreciation, and adorable photos of his twin toddler daughters.
Lucas Grindley is VP and Editorial Director for Here Media, which is parent company to The Advocate. His Twitter account is filled with politics, Philip Glass appreciation, and adorable photos of his twin toddler daughters.