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posted Friday, October 26, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 43
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An ex-Knight speaks out
I recall a professor in seminary telling us that we shouldn't worry about the Church being harmed from the outside, as he said that the destruction of the Church will come from within. And, how true that has become in the last decade! ('Catholic bigots raid the collection plate,' SGN, Oct. 19)

When will the IRS revoke the tax-free status of the Catholic Church for meddling in politics, which violates the separation of church and state? 'Render unto Caesar...'

John Henry Mark
Former Third Degree, Knights of Columbus (Fr. Funcken Council #1504)
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada



Don't overlook judicial race
The only Superior Court race on the ballot this fall warrants your readers' attention. Incumbent Judge Chris Washington, recommended by SEAMEC, is being challenged by Suzanne Parisien, who was rated 'not qualified' by QLaw (the LGBT bar association) and by Washington Women Lawyers when she ran and lost in 2008. These two ratings are almost unheard of and are huge red flags.

Ms. Parisien has been rated by only one bar association this time around - the King County Bar Association. Her reluctance to undergo formal evaluation from other bar associations is troublesome, particularly in light of her previous ratings. In contrast, Judge Washington has submitted himself for evaluation to five bar associations and has been rated either 'well qualified' or 'qualified' by all of them. He has been endorsed by 13 Democratic districts; by more than 190 justices, judges, and attorneys; by dozens of elected officials and individuals, including Rep. Jamie Pedersen (D-43rd Dist.); and by the Seattle Times.

Although there are many factors to consider when electing a judge, a breadth of support from multiple levels of the community and legal profession are important indicators. Ms. Parisien's attempts to fly under the radar should not be rewarded.

Jim Doerty
Judge, King County Superior Court



'Domestic partnerships' not enough
As you know, Referendum 74 will be on the ballot this November. R-74 asks whether you approve enacting the marriage equality bill that state legislators - both Republicans and Democrats - passed earlier this year. I know that most of you intend to vote to Approve R-74, but I am asking you to do a bit more before the election.

I will admit that it is hard knowing that others get to vote on whether I have the right to marry the person I love. It is frustrating and stressful. So, I'm choosing to use this as an opportunity to talk with family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues about why marriage equality is important. We know that people's views on marriage equality evolve through personal conversations with or about those for whom this law has a personal impact.

In my experience, most Washington voters do not believe that Lesbians and Gays should be denied equal rights. However, they are not aware that the current law that allows same-sex couples to enter into domestic partnerships isn't sufficient. There are literally hundreds of rights, like inheritance rights and tax benefits, that are provided to married couples that are not provided to domestic partners. I firmly believe that all of us, regardless of whom we love, should be entitled to the same rights in this country. I hope you agree.

A misconception is that the new law would require churches to marry same-sex couples. Lawmakers made certain to ensure that the law does not impinge on any church's religious freedom. No church or religious institution would be required to marry any couple. This is about civil marriage, not religious marriage.

But, in many ways, allowing couples to marry says something much more important. In our society, marriage is how we understand that people are committed, that they are a family, that they will be there and take care of each other throughout their lives. Remember back to when you married your spouse. You were likely overjoyed and wanted to tell your friends, family, and community that this is the person you love and want to spend your life with. You did that by getting married. People understood the importance and strength of your relationship just because you chose to marry. It said something and was universally understood by others.

All of us, regardless of whom we love, want our relationship understood and acknowledged in that same way. I want my friends, family, and community to know that my love and commitment to Marc is just as strong as yours is to your spouse.

Again, thank you for your support for marriage equality. Please remember to vote to Approve Referendum 74. But given the profound impact that this election will have on my life, I am asking you to take the next three weeks to do more. Talk to others about marriage equality. Feel free to use my story as a way to initiate those conversations, if you want. Together, we can ensure equal rights for all in Washington.

Matthew Haggerty

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