Seattle's largest Catholic church won't join anti-gay marriage signature driveon April 12, 2012 @ 11:01 am (Updated: 12:23 pm - 4/12/12 )
Father Michael Ryan, head of St. James Cathedral, tells parishioners in a letter that gathering signatures for Referendum 74 would "prove hurtful and seriously divisive in our community."
A recent letter from Archbishop J. Peter Sartain and Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio Elizondo to the over 200 plus churches in the Archdiocese approved and encouraged the gathering of signatures in opposition of the recently enacted same-sex marriage measure.
But Father Ryan says in his letter that the leaders left it up to each pastor to decide whether to participate.
"While the Archbishop has given his support to the effort, he has wisely left it up to each pastor to decide whether to allow the collection of signatures in his own parish," writes Ryan.
Opponents of marriage equality need over 120,000 signatures by June 6 to put the measure on the ballot, or same sex marriage becomes legal in the state.
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