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1000 Washington Catholics Stand Up For Marriage Equality In State-Wide Ads

by Stuart Wilber on October 27, 2012

in Marriage,News,Politics

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Over 1000 Catholics in Washington state have joined together to support same-sex marriage equality, and are urging voters to approve Referendum 74, which will make marriage equality legal in the Evergreen State.

The image, above, obtained exclusively by The New Civil Rights Movement, notes “Jesus and Catholic School Teachings urge us to love all our neighbors as ourselves.”

“To marry is to make a lifetime promise to one another in front of family, friends, and the law. Everyone in Washington State should have the right to marry the person they love.”

Catholics for Marriage Equality Washington State (CFMEWA) obtained over 1000 signatures and raised funds for this ad,” a press release notes:

CFMEWA spokesperson, Kirby Brown, noted that about 1 in 20 of the signatures say, “Anonymous” or “Church Worker.” People deeply involved in Catholic parishes and organizations are searching for ways to make their support for Ref. 74 public without jeopardizing their jobs.

Walt Krueger, featured in the ad along with his family, proclaims, “As parents we are called to nurture our children; as Catholics we are called to live the Gospel values. Kate is married to Andrew and we want a similar love and commitment in marriage to be available to Michael who is gay.”

Surveys consistently show that a majority of Catholics will be voting to Approve our state’s new Marriage Equality Law, Ref. 74.  But Catholic voices in favor of same sex marriage laws are often quiet in the pews in the face of the strong opposition from the pulpits, videos and publications of Catholic Bishops and Pastors.

No longer. Some committed Catholics have decided it is time to speak up. The Sunday Oct. 28th editions of The Seattle Times, Yakima Herald and Everett Herald will all feature a full page paid advertisement signed by 1000 plus Washington State Catholics Approving Ref. 74.

Catholics for Marriage Equality Washington State is also on Facebook.

 

Stuart WilberStuart Wilber is a Seattle activist who skipped classes in high school to watch the McCarthy– Army Hearings. Having seen it get better and worse and better again over the years, he continues to hope he will experience full federal equality in his lifetime.

Photo by Mathew Ryan Williams

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{ 3 comments }

Scott_Rose October 27, 2012 at 5:56 pm

Good to see them cocking a snook at Nazinger.

Susan October 28, 2012 at 10:34 am

Good to see people taking on their own church to do what is right. Very brave actions that others should follow.

InvokeRights October 29, 2012 at 7:23 am

R-74 will win hands down. Sure, the anti- has gotten the 120k votes, HOWEVER there is a LOT MORE than than that in Washington state!

This state (in which I live) was founded on the American foundation of accepting all. MANY people will agree with such because it's the basis of our state! If any bigots wish to leave the state, then DO SO. WE don't want you!

Please note that we do NOT have ANY Chik-Fil-A business here in this state. It will NEVER be allowed here (even if by some slim margin it was, it would would NEVER survive here!)

This kind of act will NEVER be tolerated in this state!

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