Op-ed: We are Catholics and we oppose Referendum 74 to legalize same-sex marriage

The state of Washington already provides all of the same legal benefits to same-sex couples that are provided to married couples. The only matter in question with Referendum 74 is whether the word “marriage” also applies to couples that are composed of two members of the same sex, rather than only one woman and one man.

At the same time, it should be noted that there are currently 9,863 domestic partnerships in Washington, representing only 0.0029 percent of the entire state population.

Not only would Referendum 74 allow the state legislation changing the legal definition of marriage to go into effect, but it could directly affect the First Amendment rights of the U.S. Constitution: the freedoms of religion, conscience and free speech for those who, like us, have different values. We would be forced to accept a legal definition of marriage that signifies a genderless institution.

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