Capitol Hill’s St. Joe’s says no to anti-gay marriage petitions

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.

12 thoughts on “Capitol Hill’s St. Joe’s says no to anti-gay marriage petitions

  1. There’s no reason why a church should be enforcing their views on civil marriage (or any other legal matter) on those outside that church. Of course, no Roman Catholic church will ever allow a same sex marriage in their chruch — that’s their absolute right. But, I’m glad to see at least one priest keeping religion and state separate.

  2. Jesus drove the merchants from the temple, declaring it a place of worship. These petitioners are selling bigotry and divisiveness.
    As a former student and parishioner, I am once more proud ofSt Joes’ stand.

  3. And shame on the Catholic churches that will be doing this, and shame on the archbishop for calling for it.

    While technically legal, political petitions of any kind have no place in church.

  4. Nice that they were practicing this before it became the in thing. Sounds like they have had a long line of strong proud leaders. Now if more were brought up in this type of church, rather than one that teaches hate as doctrine, imagine where we could be as a society…

  5. Thank you and bless you, Father Whitney. I back you up 100%. Sometimes we have to follow our conscience and simply do what is right. Whatever happens with the petition, I feel a little stronger and a little better about being a gay man who tries very hard to keep the faith. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.