18th and Aloha’s St. Joseph’s will not allow the circulation of Referendum 74 petitions to repeal Washington’s marriage equality law, a move that puts the parish in defiance of Seattle Archbishop J. Peter Sartain.
The Seattle PI reported on the break with the Seattle Archdiocese on Thursday.
“You may have heard about a petition drive concerning Referendum 74, which will be gathering signatures at a number of parishes in Seattle,” a message on the St. Joe’s homepage reads. “Please be aware that Fr. Whitney has decided that no petitioning will be permitted anywhere on the campus of St. Joseph. Please contact Fr. Whitney with any concerns.”
Backers have until June to collect 120,000+ signatures to put the referendum on the November ballot.
The St. Joseph’s Parish includes more than 1,200 households.