Nearly 400 people of faith representing more than a dozen congregations gathered today in Seattle to march in the Faith Ballot Drop Walk. The event culminated in the delivery of completed ballots — all marked “Approved” on Referendum 74 to affirm Washington’s freedom-to-marry law — to the ballot drop box at the King County Administration Building.
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With 115 endorsing congregations, more than 450 supportive faith leaders and organizations, and 1,000 Catholics who signed onto full-page ads in favor of Referendum 74 that would affirm the state’s bipartisan marriage law, Washington United for Marriage (WUM) announced a final Seattle faith walk to demonstrate the breadth and depth of its faith base.
Among the highlights of an historic outpouring of faith support for the freedom to marry over the course of the campaign are the following:
– The highly organized and responsive group Catholics for Marriage Equality in Washington (catholicsformarriageequalitywa.org), which has been vocal in their support for “strong families and a better future for all God’s children.” This entirely volunteer-driven organization has been the voice of thousands of Catholics who were dismayed when the WA Catholic bishops made it clear they would work to reject R74 in November. The group was responsible for the full page ads that appeared in the state’s leading newspapers showcasing 1,000 Catholics visibly demonstrating their support for R74.
– Nearly 400 faith-related events, with supportive clergy and parishioners including faith forums, luncheons, faith leader meetings, trainings and faith-sponsored phone banks. In addition, Sunday evenings became the night many faith communities sent volunteers to bolster ongoing WUM phone banks statewide.
– Several faith concerts, including a Gospel Concert for Marriage Equality that brought in several choirs and was attended by more than 500 people.
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