Despite the fact that the bishops of Washington State have recently issued apastoral letter against Referendum 74 which would legalize marriage equality in that state, polls are indicating that voters are not heeding that message.
According to a Seattle Post-Intelligencer blog:
“Referendum 74, legalizing marriage equality, is leading 56-38 percent in the latest SurveyUSA poll of Washington voters for King-5 News, after being up by a narrower 50-43 percent margin six weeks ago.”
The polling is not as optimistic in Minnesota, which has a constitutional amendment to ban same-gender marriage on the ballot:
“. . .results of a new Public Policy Polling survey show a dead heat: 48 percent support, and 47 percent oppose a state constitutional amendment that would define “marriage” as exclusively between a man and a woman.”
The blog post cites Archbishop John Nienstedt of the Archdiocese of St. Paul as the strongest opponent of marriage equality in Minnesota. Catholic institutions have donated $1 million to the campaign to defeat marriage equality.
As we’ve reported before, Nienstedt has forbidden the priests of his archdiocese to publicly express any dissent on this matter. But that has not seemed to stop some priests from staging a passive protest against the archbishop’s campaign. When Nienstedt issued a letter against marriage equality this month, 17 parishes, including the Basilica of St. Mary, refused to read the letter at Mass.
- Minnesota Priest Donates $1,000 to Support Marriage Equality (newwaysministryblog.wordpress.com)
- Minneapolis Archbisop Urges Catholics to Ban Marriage Equality (advocate.com)
- Gay marriage: Leads here, tied in Minnesota – polls (seattlepi.com)
- POLL: 56 Percent Support Marriage Equality In Washington (thinkprogress.org)
- Marriage Equality Polling Very Well in Washington State: VIDEO (towleroad.com)