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Senate opening prayer takes aim at gay marriage

Post by Jimmy Lovaas / The News Tribune on Jan. 14, 2013 at 6:32 pm |
January 28, 2013 6:27 pm

Invocation calling for a strengthening of marriage “as You ordained it, for our good and Your glory” has some Senate Democrats upset.

Minority leader Ed Murray, D-Seattle, has released a statement calling the Senate’s opening prayer, given by Jon Sanne of Olympia’s Calvary Chapel, regrettable and divisive.

 The loaded phrase “strengthen marriage as you ordained it” is intended as negative commentary about gays and lesbians, and has no business being included in a prayer before this institution.”

Murray said that the invocation is supposed to be inclusive and not a platform for political views.

According to the Seattle Times, Republican leader Mark Schoesler R-Ritzville, invited Sanne to give the invocation.

In an interview on the Senate floor, Schoesler told the Seattle Times that he asked Sanne to speak, and that he doesn’t censor prayer

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