A plan to ask parishioners in the Diocese of Yakima to contribute funds for a campaign to repeal the state's same-sex marriage law is expected to move forward, in spite of questions raised about the legality. said the collection in the 43 parishes in the diocese "will comply with the law."
Questions surfaced after Yakima Bishop Joseph Tyson sent a letter to pastors asking them to announce a special collection on either of the first two weekends in September for Preserve Marriage Washington, a statewide group working to overturn the same-sex marriage law passed in February by the state Legislature and signed by Gov. Chris Gregoire.
Voters will be asked Nov. 6 to accept or reject the law. If Referendum 74, as it is called, is approved, the same-sex marriage law will take effect Dec. 6.
The dioceses of Spokane and Seattle have not announced plans to raise funds for Preserve Marriage Washington.
Washington campaign finance laws prohibit churches or any organization from collecting funds and then passing the money along to another organization.
Preserve Marriage Washington has raised $471,102. In comparison, organizations supporting same-sex marriage raised nearly $6.3 million.