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Catholic Church reacts to R-74 passing

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Yakima, WASH. - Referendum 74, legislation that would legalize same sex marriage, is currently passing statewide. However, it did not receive wide support in our area.

The Catholic Diocese of Yakima has been pretty vocal with their disapproval of R-74, and the Chancellor said they won't stop just because the Referendum is passing.

In early October, Bishop Tyson read a letter to parishioners encouraging them to value marriage between a man and a woman and vote down R-74.

The Chancellor said they're disappointed that it's passing, but they're glad to see that the seven counties that make up the Diocese of Yakima rejected it by nearly two thirds.

The Chancellor said if a gay or lesbian couple asked to be married in the Catholic Church, they will not perform the ceremony.

"Our teaching is that marriage is between one man and one woman, and we would simply not be able to perform a wedding ceremony for those persons," said Father Robert Siler.

Father Siler said they will continue to educate Catholics about their understanding of the meaning of marriage, and Bishop Tyson will continue his efforts statewide.

Over 2 million votes in the state have been cast. Of those votes, 52 percent approve R-74,  while 48 percent reject it.