The Washington State Catholic Conference (WSCC), representing the Catholic Bishops of the State of Washington on issues of public policy, recently released this statement concerning Referendum 71 which aims to protect marriage by repealing SB 5688, the domestic partnership legislation that expands the rights and responsibilities of registered domestic partners.
WSCC opposed SSB 5688 because proponents publically [sic] stated that this legislation was intended to extend existing marriage rights to same-sex couples as a precursor to legalizing gay marriage in Washington State. While opposing all unjust discrimination against any individual, WSCC upholds marriage as a union between a man and a woman, which is the foundation of our civil society.
So never mind what the law says. Their concern is this is a stepping stone for legalizing same-sex marriage. It's a slippery slope situation. And while they oppose unjust discrimination, this discrimination is just.
One wonders, what with marriage being the foundation of our civil society and all, why priests can't be a part of that foundation. It might help them contribute something more constructive than this.