Today, Let’s Show Some Love to Washington State (They So Need It!)

Why does Washington state need some love from us?

Yesterday lame-duck Governor Christine Gregoire signed same-sex marriage into law. She said while pushing the bill that her Catholic faith inspired her to redefine marriage.

Shame on her.

Luckily, all is not lost — opponents of same-sex marriage have already filed a referendum to overturn the law at the ballot box this November. As a first step they are asking for 50,000 Washingtonians to sign up to receive and circulate a petition to get the referendum on the ballot.

We cannot allow marriage to be redefined if we care about the good of children, religious liberty, and fostering a healthy economy and society in the years and generations to come.

Action Item #1 — Sign Up for a Petition If You Live in Washington State (or send this to friends and family you know in Washington state)

Second, as many pro-life activists know, Washington state is the most pro-abortion state in the country. And they are still trying to “outdo” themselves, as Richard Doerflinger of the USCCB reports:

On January 26, a house committee in the Washington State legislature approved what may become the nation’s first-ever law forcing private health-insurance plans to cover abortion through all stages of pregnancy. This “Reproductive Parity Act” states that any health-insurance plan providing “coverage for maternity care or services” must prove “substantially equivalent coverage” for “the voluntary termination of a pregnancy.” It seems that if a health-insurance plan will cover a full-term live birth, it must also pay for a late-term abortion.

The entire Washington state House approved this legislation today, by a 52-46 vote.

We cannot allow this precedent of forcing private insurance plans to cover abortion at all stages to pass into law, where it will doubtless be used to push the same plan on other states (and result in the deaths of countless innocent unborn).

Action Item #2 — Take Action by Contacting Your State Senator and demanding that they OPPOSE SB 6185. (or send this to friends and family you know in Washington state)

You can find more helpful information for both of these issues at the Washington State Catholic Conference website (now you know why the bishops of Washington state have been so preoccupied).

If you live in Washington State, please know that I and other Catholics around the country are keeping you in our prayers today! We love you! Now go fight the good fight!


Oh, and as a bonus, check out this clip of Rick Santorum standing up to an occupy protest in Takoma, WA! He’s the first Republican presidential candidate to campaign in the state. Washington State holds its primary March 3rd (have you registered to vote in the GOP primary there yet?):



  • Max

    Those judges of California Supreme Court must have been bigot and short-sighted. Time will come, when this “plethora of historical and contemporary evidence” will be proven wrong by more open-minded people and all of this will be considered a relic of the past. I am pretty sure, because I feel so, that the State mustn’t meddle into intimate consentient adults’ relationships, and if these want to marry, they must have the right to do so. We have a long but good battle to fight.

  • Patrick

    Logike, you’re really trying my patience. You’ve already established in prior posts that you are undeserving of reasoned, intelligent debate and discussion, and I’ve told you I won’t enagage at your level. Why do I suffer you, I ask myself?

    Your sources are widely regarded as NOT credible. There is a man who stands on a box on Madison at 57th with a tinfoil hat and a bible and he says things too. Equally not credible.

    Good day, sir.

    • Logike

      Patrick: Oh really? Which of the numerous studies listed in the bibliography here are not credible and WHY? Your stubborn refusal to engage with the actual research makes you a coward, and dismissing evidence only because it is defeating to your case makes you irrational.

    • Logike

      Patrick: Even in the most “gay friendly” localities where gay “marriage” and civil unions are recognzied, the vast majority of homosexuals and lesbians display little inclination for the kind of lifelong, committed relationships that they purport to desire to enter. Data from Vermont, Massachusettes, Belgium, Spain, Canada, Sweden, the Netherlands, and other places reveal that only a small percentage (anywhere from 0.6% to 16.7%) of homosexuals and lesbians identify themselves as being in a committed relationship, with even fewer taking advantage of civil unions or, in the case of the Netherlands, of same-sex “marriage.”
      The facts are the facts.

    • Logike

      Patrick: By their own admission, many gay activists are not interested in making it possible for homosexuals and lesbians to partake of conventional married life. Rather, they aim to change the essential character of marriage, removing precisely the aspects of fidelity and chastity that promote stability in the relationship and the home: (1) Paula Ettelbrick, the former legal director of the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, has stated, “Being queer is more than setting up house, sleeping with a person of the same gender, and seeking state approval for doing so….Being queer means pushing the parameters of sex, sexuality, and family, and in the process transforming the very fabric of society.” Paula Ettelbrick, quoted in William B. Rubenstein, “Since When Is Marriage a Path to Liberation?” Lesbians, Gay Men, and the Law, (New York: The New Press, 1993. (2) Homosexual writer and activist Michelangelo Signorile speaks approvingly of those who advocate replacing monogamy with sexually “open” relationships:For these men the term “monogamy” simply doesn’t necessarily mean sexual exclusivity….The term “open relationship” has for a great many gay men come to have one specific definition: A relationship in which the partners have sex on the outside often, put away their resentment and jealousy, and discuss their outside sex with each other, or share sex partners. The views of Signorile and Ettelbrick regarding marriage are widespread in the homosexual community. [Michelangelo Signorile, Life Outside (New York: HarperCollins, 1997): 213] (3) According to the Mendola Report, a mere 26 percent of homosexuals believe that commitment is most important in a marriage relationship. [Mary Mendola, The Mendola Report (New York: Crown, 1980)]

    • Logike

      Patrick: A study conducted at the national level found that 21.7% of women and 7.4% of men in traditional heterosexual relationships reported some form of rape, physical assault or stalking within the context of their relationship. (U.S. Department of Justice, “Extent, Nature, and Consequences of Intimate Partner Violence”, Office of Justice Programs, July, 2000). But compare these statistics to the rate of violence that occurs in same sex relationships. The SAME study on violence just referenced revealed that 39% of women and 23.1% of men in same sex relationships reported the same kinds of abuse. (U.S. Department of Justice, “Extent, Nature, and Consequences of Intimate Partner Violence”, Office of Justice Programs, July, 2000). This data obviously reveals that same sex relationships are more likely to involve abuse and violence. And this data is supported by other surveys and studies. The Bureau of Justice reports that women in traditional heterosexual marriages experience far lower rates of violence than women in any other type of relationship. (Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Report, “Intimate Partner Violence”, U.S. Department of Justice, May, 2000). In one study, researchers found that 90% of surveyed lesbians said they had suffered verbal abuse and 31% said they had experienced physical abuse from their same sex partner. (Lettie L. Lockhart et al., “Letting out the Secret: Violence in Lesbian Relationships”, Journal of Interpersonal Violence 9, 1994). Another survey found that more than 50% of lesbians reported that they had been abused by their female partner. (Gwat Yong Lie and Sabrina Gentlewarrier, “Intimate Violence in Lesbian Relationships: Discussion of Survey Findings and Practice Implications”, Journal of Social Service Research 15, 1991). Additional studies confirm this level of abuse within lesbian relationships. One such study revealed that 54% of lesbian couples report 10 or more incidents of abuse, and 74% reported that the abuse grew worse over time. (William C. Nichols, et al, editors, “Handbook of Family Development and Intervention”, New York, John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 2000). And male homosexual couples report similar abuse. One study found that gay men experience nearly two times the amount of violence (in the context of their relationships) than tradition heterosexual couples. (D. Island and P. Letellier, “Men Who Beat the Men Who Love Them: Battered Gay Men and Domestic Violence”, New York, Haworth Press, 1991).



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