Bishops listen during an afternoon session at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Annual Spring Assembly in Atlanta, Georgia, June 13, 2012.
A group of Washington State Catholics have opted to go against the positions of their bishops and profess their support for a referendum question that would legalize same-sex marriage.
The organization Catholics for Marriage Equality held a prayer vigil on Sunday outside of Seattle's Saint James Cathedral in support of Referendum 74, which would legalize same-sex marriage in the state.
In an interview with local media, one of the demonstrators explained that he felt God's love went beyond any statement of opposition to same-sex marriage from the Roman Catholic Church.
"Catholics believe Christ's primary message is one of love, and Catholic social teaching teaches us that God loves everybody. We are standing up for centuries of Catholic social teaching," said the vigil attendee to seattlepi.com.