In the wake of Washington state voters approving the state’s new civil marriage and religious freedom law, which allows same-sex couples to marry, Archbishop J. Peter Sartain has summarized archdiocesan policy regarding same-sex marriage.
|By: Laurel Ramseyer Monday December 17, 2012 7:40 am|
|By: Laurel Ramseyer Friday November 30, 2012 6:17 pm|
In advance of same-sex weddings beginning in Washington state on December 9th, the state’s Department of Health has revised the marriage certificate to allow spouses to choose the terms that best apply to them.
|By: Laurel Ramseyer Saturday November 17, 2012 6:00 pm|
Here’s what you already know: On Nov. 6, Washington voters affirmed the state’s bipartisan freedom to marry law by voting 53.35% to 46.65% to approve Referendum 74. And with over 78% voter turnout, the electorate has spoken decisively on this matter.
Here’s what you may not know: “Approve” voters in counties rejecting the measure overall were crucial to the approval of Referendum 74.
|By: Laurel Ramseyer Sunday November 11, 2012 6:00 pm|
Now that voters have approved Referendum 74 by a vote of 53.2% to 46.8%, same-sex couples can begin registering for marriage licenses in Washington state on December 6th and start marrying December 9th. Yay!
|By: Laurel Ramseyer Sunday November 4, 2012 6:00 pm|
Nearly 400 people of faith representing more than a dozen congregations gathered today in Seattle to march in the Faith Ballot Drop Walk. The event culminated in the delivery of completed ballots — all marked “Approved” on Referendum 74 to affirm Washington’s freedom-to-marry law — to the ballot drop box at the King County Administration Building.
|By: Laurel Ramseyer Sunday November 4, 2012 6:45 am|
Three generations of Merle & Barbara Smith-Mosel’s family gather in the family home in Federal Way to talk about how much they want Rachel and her partner Sandy to be able to marry.
|By: Laurel Ramseyer Saturday November 3, 2012 3:30 pm|
|By: Jon Walker Friday November 2, 2012 2:46 pm|
Up until now every single time the issue of marriage equality has appeared on a statewide ballot it has been rejected by voters, but next week Washington State may break the pattern. The voters in the state are deciding the fate of Referendum 74. Voting yes on R-74 would legalize same sex marriage. Two new polls at this week both show the R-74 with majority support.
|By: Laurel Ramseyer Wednesday October 31, 2012 5:36 pm|
What I didn’t know is how this “coming out” would redefine my life forever.
I didn’t know the coming out process is so gut wrenching for our children, even if they have been born to an accepting family. I didn’t know that Ian had to travel his own journey of self-acceptance before he could ever “come out” to his father and me. And I didn’t know that my prayers would be answered the following summer because by that time, I realized I needed to know more. I didn’t expect to see a “closet” float being pulled down the streets of my city surrounded by people dressed as parents. This closet float said, “Closets are for Clothes Not our Kids,” and that is how I was introduced to my PFLAG family.
|By: Laurel Ramseyer Wednesday October 31, 2012 4:48 pm|