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)
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?):