To the Editor:
I read with amusement Mr. Salapka’s letter of Dec. 20th in which the factual inaccuracies were so many I could not leave them unchallenged. First, that marriage exists solely as religious institution, and second, that religious institutions will be forced to perform services for unions their faith tradition does not endorse.
The law does extend civil protections of marriage – hospital visitation rights, survivor benefit, and other basics – that straight couples already enjoy. And if he had bothered to read the law or do any basic research, he would have found that the new marriage law prominently protects religious freedom – the specific language exempts religious organizations from any requirement to “provide accommodations, facilities, advantages, privileges, services, or goods related to the solemnization or celebration of a marriage” (RCW Section 26.04.010).
Finally, with so many churches quite willing and happy to perform same sex marriages, why would Mr. Salapka delude himself into thinking a gay couple would approach him?