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


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."


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. Remember there is more scientific and anecdotal evidence to support that RELIGION is a Lifestyle Choice and sexual orientation is not a choice.

    Posted by: MCnNYC | Sep 22, 2012 1:13:38 PM

  2. Either keep your traditions within the confines of your house of worship and don't force them on us


    Pay taxes.


    Posted by: Grant | Sep 22, 2012 1:40:57 PM

  3. @Grant: Well said!

    Posted by: Andrew | Sep 23, 2012 1:03:13 AM

  4. Society is already being harmed beyond the pedophile priests which remain sheltered by others in the church. This is the real crime. This is the crime to which they constantly look away.

    Posted by: millerbeach | Sep 24, 2012 2:22:49 AM

  5. "The results of more than a century of anthropological research on households, kinship relationships, and families, across cultures and through time, provide no support whatsoever for the view that either civilization or viable social orders depend upon marriage as an exclusively heterosexual institution. Rather, anthropological research supports the conclusion that a vast array of family types, including families built upon same-sex partnerships, can contribute to stable and humane societies."

    American Anthropological Association 2004
    as part of their opposition to Bush II's call for a constitutional amendment prohibiting marriage equality because it is a threat to civilization

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Sep 24, 2012 8:34:01 AM

  6. Feed the poor. Heal the sick. Comfort the afflicted. If the church made one tenth the effort to follow Jesus' clear commands to his disciples in these areas that they claim to make in the very narrow area of sexual morality, people might take them a little more seriously as guides of how treat one another in the world. As it is, the Catholic bishops are clueless Pharisees

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