A second big Catholic church in Seattle, St. Joseph Parish on Capitol Hill, says it will not circulate ballot petitions on a referendum to repeal the state’s new same-sex marriage law. The pastor at St. Joseph, the Rev. John D. Whitney, S.J., warned two months ago that a Catholic bishops’ letter denouncing marriage equality “will bring great pain” among those “so often marginalized in our church.”
More and more Catholics are opposing the hierarchy's extreme tactics of opposing marriage equality. Now large parishes are starting to speak up. To see more on religious voices in the media visit our Missing Voices page.