Watchdog advises diocese on donations
The state's Public Disclosure Commission says churches cannot collect campaign contributions on behalf of Preserve Marriage Washington, which is fighting the same-sex-marriage law that passed earlier this year.
OLYMPIA — The state's campaign-finance watchdog says Catholic churches can't collect donations from parishioners for the campaign seeking to overturn the state's gay-marriage law.
Last week, Yakima Bishop Joseph Tyson sent a letter to parishes in the Yakima Diocese asking them to announce a special collection for Preserve Marriage Washington, which is fighting the same-sex-marriage law that passed earlier this year.
But Lori Anderson, of the state's Public Disclosure Commission, says no organization can be an intermediary for a contribution. She says the church can hand out envelopes, but a member of Preserve Washington has to collect them or parishioners must send them individually.