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Seattle Archbishop Says 'Society Would Be Harmed Beyond Repair' if Gay People Can Marry: VIDEO

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Seattle Archbishop J. Peter Sartain released a 4-minute video on the church's website warning voters that if Referendum 74 is approved and gays are allowed to marry, that "society would be harmed beyond repair."

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Says Sartain, in solidarity with all the Catholics bishops in Washington:

"We urge our Catholic people to uphold our consistent Catholic teaching on marriage for the good of the Church, society, husbands and wives and their children. Therefore, we bishops reject the redefinition of marriage as a 'civil contract between two persons.' ... Redefining marriage as a means of dealing with important issues of equality and respect for all persons will not achieve the goal of defending the rights of all and would overturn centuries of common law. To suddenly change the God-given and time honored understanding of marriage would be a very harmful thing for our state and for the world. … Should marriage be redefined in our state the very foundational nature of marriage for the good and strength of human society would be harmed beyond repair."

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  1. 8 years in for MA and the sky hasnt fallen..

    these scare tactics are getting very very old

    Posted by: andrew | Sep 21, 2012 11:49:37 AM


  2. This is a good argument against tax-exemption for political churches

    Posted by: Cody | Sep 21, 2012 11:50:01 AM


  3. TAX THE CHURCH!

    Posted by: kp05 | Sep 21, 2012 11:51:47 AM


  4. Why? Won't ppl like you still be spreading bigotry and hatred. O yes I know, you might get tempted to marry a guy.

    Just don't understand what is so wrong with Christianity and Islam? At least I used to think Christianity a bit better than Islam but really you just can't choose.

    Posted by: Pommie | Sep 21, 2012 11:54:14 AM


  5. "To suddenly change the God-given and time honored understanding of marriage would be a very harmful thing for our state and for the world."

    If the understanding of marriage is God-given, then how is it possible that marriage has meant different things over the course of history? If God has been here since the beginning, just cold doling out "understandings" of things, then marriage should have been the same in all places and in all times. The historical record does not support such a conclusion, however. So, either God has been changing his/her mind over the centuries or there is no God-given understanding of marriage. Pick one, bishop.

    Posted by: RyanInWyo (formerly RyanInSacto) | Sep 21, 2012 11:57:38 AM


  6. So, I ask again (and again and again): how will society be harmed beyond repair by allowing gays to marry? Where's the proof from those countries as well as those US states and DC that allow SSM?? Can no one provide proof to back up these sky-is-falling warnings from the Papists et al???

    It's the same tired canard used by the pro-DADT crowd before that heinous discriminatory law was rescinded last year.

    It's time to put up or STFU. Crying wolf when no wolf is present has become very tiresome.

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Sep 21, 2012 11:58:25 AM


  7. His last name is too close to Satan for my comfort. What a closeted tool.

    Posted by: SFshawn | Sep 21, 2012 11:59:19 AM


  8. Catholic Bishops said that same thing when they believed the earth was the center of the universe.

    Wrong then. Wrong now.

    Posted by: Joe in CT | Sep 21, 2012 12:01:15 PM


  9. Papist Swine!

    Nothing says "I love you god" more than taking a swig of wine and putting a piece of a mans body in you mouth.

    Posted by: Dearcomrade | Sep 21, 2012 12:01:52 PM


  10. It's really a shame "harm beyond repair" is a strong enough talking point for society's derps. At least 95% of the people who will vote against us this November will do so with no more "evidence" than "harm beyond repair." WHY are we still letting society's least educated dictate rights?

    Posted by: kp05 | Sep 21, 2012 12:02:51 PM


  11. Yeah, but not by the systematic raping of little boys and cover-ups by Catholic officials... but keep the gays form marrying.

    Posted by: Hollywood, CA | Sep 21, 2012 12:13:08 PM


  12. An allegedly celibate, never-having-been married pedophile enabler wants to lecture others about marriage

    Posted by: Steve | Sep 21, 2012 12:14:49 PM


  13. I hope the gay community produces a Simon Wiesenthal kind of person who goes after the guilty---not out of revenge, but out of justice. Once our rights have been won, we should never forget these kinds of comments, and the perpetrators should feel pressure to make amends. They should feel the shame they deserve.

    Posted by: david | Sep 21, 2012 12:16:22 PM


  14. The Gays have been allowed to marry since 2005 in Canada and - wait for it - we're doing fine. We've not been "harmed beyond repair." If anything gay marriage has been good for us as we've had thousands of gay Americans come here to get married. $$$!

    Posted by: Gigi | Sep 21, 2012 12:38:31 PM


  15. Pedophile/enabling asshat says what?

    Posted by: Mark Alexander | Sep 21, 2012 12:40:55 PM


  16. There was similar nonsense in Canada a decade ago and the response from our then-Prime Minister was "I wasn't elected to be a Catholic and lead a Catholic country"

    Personal religious beliefs are just that.

    Let's remember: this lame-@ss priest believes that all the Jews exterminated in the Holocaust went to Hell. He believes Gandhi and Anne Frank are burning for eterenity, together.

    He believes all non-Catholics are doomed to Hell.

    They have no logic, they have no facts, they have no reason. All they have are desperate attempts to control people with fear. Because without fear, people wont' keep sending their young children to these pathetic men. Who will then totally rape the children.

    It's moments like this I consider myself so lucky to have been raised in the United Church of Canada.

    The UCC - "Not Raping Your Kids Since 1925"

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Sep 21, 2012 12:44:56 PM


  17. "Society Would Be Harmed Beyond Repair' if Gay People Can Marry."

    Newsflash padre, society has already been harmed beyond repair by pedophiles hiding behind the Catholic Church's dirty black robes.

    Forgot there for a minute that sex between CONSENTING adults was acceptable, and raping a child wasn't. My apologies.

    Posted by: Maguita NYC | Sep 21, 2012 12:48:35 PM


  18. "Society Would Be Harmed Beyond Repair' if Gay People Can Marry."

    Newsflash padre, society has already been harmed beyond repair by pedophiles hiding behind the Catholic Church's dirty black robes.

    Forgot there for a minute that sex between CONSENTING adults was acceptable, and raping a child wasn't. My apologies.

    Posted by: Maguita NYC | Sep 21, 2012 12:48:40 PM


  19. You know what really "harms society beyond repair?"

    Raping boys and covering it up.

    Idiot.

    Posted by: Rev. Verdon Coleman | Sep 21, 2012 12:50:40 PM


  20. This is actually getting boring.

    Posted by: Jack M | Sep 21, 2012 12:59:23 PM


  21. Whatever you do, don't attack his religion. For that would be rude.

    Posted by: Gabriel | Sep 21, 2012 12:59:35 PM


  22. Apparently "God's plan" for marriage includes Newt Gingrich and his third wife. Of course, the church conveniently had to ignore his first two marriages and his adulterous behavior with his current "wife."

    To recap, deliberately undermining a legal marriage through adultery is a-OK. Icky relationships between TEH GAYZ is wrong. Thanks padre.

    Posted by: CPT_Doom | Sep 21, 2012 1:04:25 PM


  23. I love how these fanatics think that their religion was the foundation of relationships and society.

    Posted by: LiamB | Sep 21, 2012 1:11:06 PM


  24. So, the fate of society hangs on man marrying woman. Isn't then, by his own logic, he doing just as much to chip away at our fragile foundation by staying single?

    Posted by: RHR IN TN | Sep 21, 2012 1:19:14 PM


  25. Hate couched in pretty words is still hate. And, great point RHR IN TN.

    Posted by: Anonymous | Sep 21, 2012 1:27:36 PM


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