Monday, October 12, 2009

WA Catholic Bishops Oppose SB 5688

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R-71 UPDATE: Hundreds carried signs and marched peacefully in Lynnwood Saturday.

We want to thank the Russian/Slavic Christians for their stand to defend marriage. They have tirelessly supported this effort from the beginning.

You may also have read that while the homosexuals gave President Obama a standing ovation Saturday night at the Human Rights Campaign Annual Dinner, many were wondering out loud if Obama would actually keep his promise to them.
WA Catholic Bishops Oppose SB 5688

In a headline that could be misleading, although I don't really think that was intended, The Seattle Times published the headline, "WA's Catholic Bishops Oppose R-71 and I 1033."

The initial response to reading the headline could be to believe that the bishops do not support REJECTING SB 5688, but rather favor the Senate Bill.

As you read past the headline, you learn that the bishops are opposed to R-71/SB 5688 and will vote REJECT, while they actually do oppose I-1033.

Their reasons are given in the article.

In their statement, the bishops say they oppose SB 5688 and Referendum 71, because its legislative sponsors specifically stated that the law is part of a strategy to legalize same-sex marriage.

Indeed it is.

The bishops got it right on two counts.

The sponsors have repeatedly said that domestic partnerships and SB 5688 is an incremental step to legalize homosexual marriage.

Senator Ed Murray, a sponsor says, "The goal is marriage equality. It's an important statement that our eyes are on the prize, and the prize is marriage." Seattle Times, January 10, 2007.

Senator Ed Murray: "incremental approach---a strategic plan". Seattle Times, May 17, 2007.

Representative Jamie Pederson, a sponsor, said SB 5688 will give homosexuals, "a bridge until they can legally marry." Seattle Times, January 28, 2009.

Secondly, the bishops know they were for putting R-71 on the ballot, now that it's on the ballot, we are voting REJECT thus defeating SB 5688 which is the last incremental step to the "prize".

This statement of support by the bishops should inspire every Catholic to reach out to their friends in the local parish. The bishops said they were leaving it up to each individual church as to how they should respond.

Ballots will soon be mailed out and people will begin marking their ballot. Please take every opportunity to explain what SB 5688 is really all about. We are finding that the more people know about this bill, the more inclined they are to oppose and REJECT it.

Gary Randall
Faith & Freedom