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Anti-Gay Activist Files Initiative Challenging Proposed Marriage Equality Bill in Washington State

Attorney Stephen Pidgeon, an opponent of LGBT rights and same-sex marriage, has filed an initiative against Washington state's proposed marriage equality bill so that the measure will go before voters if lawmakers approve it, the Seattle Times reports:

PidgeonThe proposed initiative, not yet numbered, would reaffirm the state's Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between "a male" and "a female." The initiative seeks to slightly tweak the statute's language, changing it to "one man" and "one woman."

Democrats behind the marriage equality bill say they do not want Governor Christine Gregoire to include an emergency clause in the bill which would make it effective immediately, thwarting any such initiative.

Said Sen. Ed Murray, D-Seattle: "We want to allow citizens, should the measure pass, to collect signatures for a referendum...Our hope is to pass a bill here (in Washington) without a referendum."

The paper adds that in order to qualify for the November ballot, Pidgeon's backers would need to collect signatures from 241,153 registered voters by early July.

If you missed Governor Chris Gregoire's speech last week introducing the marriage equality legislation, you must not miss it. Check it out HERE.

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  1. I wonder if Stephen Pidgeon has a closeted gay background. These anti-gay sorts often do. Might be worth looking into.

    Posted by: jason | Jan 10, 2012 7:49:06 AM

  2. If that man is not gay, I'm not.

    Posted by: AllBeefPatty | Jan 10, 2012 8:04:46 AM

  3. And the privileged "straight" haters keep on hatin'.

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Jan 10, 2012 9:03:09 AM

  4. Here we go once again. People who spend their own money and, spend their own time to prevent loving couples from being able to legally commit to one another, should really be spending their time and money in therapy !! Or spend some money to help poor kids. Jesus talked a lot about helping children. There is not one utterance in the New Testament about spending millions to enact legislation that prevents equal protection under the law.

    Posted by: Tom in long beach | Jan 10, 2012 10:40:26 AM

  5. Someone should introduce an initiative to take away women's rights to vote or some other fundamental right. I understand that this would be unconstitutional, but it would make the point that rights should not be put up to a popular vote. That is why they are called rights. What they are effectively saying by putting marriage equality up to a vote is that gay people aren't entitled to equal protection. Of course they won't come out and say that, because that would point out their bigotry. Instead, they dance around it with religious freedom, polygamy, anything to change the subject. Shame on the press for letting them get away with it.

    Posted by: MikeH | Jan 10, 2012 11:36:48 AM

  6. Why do these people always look like closet-cases! I think we know the answer to that!

    Posted by: Ron | Jan 10, 2012 12:44:16 PM

  7. Oh God do we have to start this all over again, now in My state? This time if it's going to be a fight, I'll volunteer much encouraged and and empowered by the passion on this site.

    Posted by: uffda | Jan 10, 2012 2:17:42 PM

  8. This guy also STILL believes that Obama was born elsewhere and lied.
    When are we going to call hate what it is?

    Posted by: NickyBoy | Jan 10, 2012 11:31:23 PM

  9. WTF? Why don't they want the Gov to add an emergency clause that would bypass the initiative? They want a referendum? O.o?

    Posted by: LOL | Jan 11, 2012 2:12:53 AM

  10. Can't waint to sign this, i beleive that marriage should only be between a man and a woman, but my views are "evolving" where do i sign?

    Posted by: Obama | Mar 15, 2012 3:26:59 PM

  11. You gay people can do whatever you want but don't shove it down my throat. Marriage is between a man and a woman. Is there a part of that you do not understand? What kind of a message are you sending to the little kids?

    Posted by: bob | Mar 28, 2012 10:36:58 PM

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