The Catholic Church opposes legalizing same-sex marriage but at the same time the church “has no tolerance for the misuse” of the issue “to incite hostility toward homosexuals,” says Bishop Blase Cupich of Spokane.
A Washington state referendum Nov. 6 asks voters to accept or reject a law redefining marriage to include same-sex unions that was passed in February by the state Legislature and signed by Gov. Chris Gregoire.
Opponents of the measure gathered enough signatures to put it on the ballot, so the law was suspended. If Referendum 74, as it is called, is approved, the same-sex marriage law will take effect Dec. 6.