Scroll To Top

State Tells Catholic Church in Washington It Has Gone Too Far

State Tells Catholic Church in Washington It Has Gone Too Far


It's illegal for the Catholic Church in Washington to pass the plate and raise money to defeat marriage equality, state officials have said.

The Associated Press reports that when Yakima bishop Joseph Tyson sent a letter to pastors asking them to "announce a special parishoner financial appeal," he was out of line. The money raised would have been donated to Preserve Marriage Washington.

Although the church can distribute envelopes if it wants, it can't collect them. Parishioners would have to make the donations themselves, according to what Lori Anderson from the state's Public Disclosure Commission tells the AP.

Tyson has also informed his pastors that come October, he has a "Pastoral Letter on Marriage" that he would like read in every parish.

None of this would be the church's first move to combat the new marriage equality law, which was signed by the governor but now goes to a review by voters. A group of bishops posted a public letter voicing their opposition even before the law passed. They argued that marriage should remain between a man and a woman because it is "related to bringing children into the world and the continuation of the human race."

Then the church offered to use its parishes as signature-gathering centers when an effort was launched to put the new law up for a majority vote.

Advocate Magazine - KehlaniAdvocate Channel Promotion

From our Sponsors

Most Popular

Are you ready for the Pride concert event of the year?
Don't miss “Can't Cancel Pride: The Future Starts Now,” a celebration of resilience & unity presented by IheartMedia, Procter & Gamble, and equalpride!

WATCH IT online Thursday, June 15th at 8pm ET/5pm PT at or STREAM IT on the Advocate Channel App.

This year’s event is hosted by JoJo Siwa, with a star-studded line-up that includes performances by Big Freedia, Ciara, Billy Porter, Brandi Carlile, Hayley Kiyoko, and Adam Lambert!

Latest Stories