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Opponents of Marriage Equality in Washington Gear Up for Ballot Referendum Before It's Even Law: VIDEO

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It looks so certain that marriage equality will be signed into law in the coming weeks in Washington state that anti-gay activists and religious leaders like Pastor Joe Fuiten (above) are mobilizing for a ballot referendum that would give the state's voters an up-or-down vote on the issue.

King 5 talks to Fuiten, AFTER THE JUMP....

Fuiten tells Q13 FOX that they've already raised $1 million from out of state but won't say where it came from. (NOM?)

Reuters reports that there are dueling ballot initiatives:

The proposed initiative to define marriage as between heterosexual couples, led by Everett, Washington attorney Stephen Pidgeon, needs to gather 241,153 signatures of registered voters by July 6 to secure a spot on the ballot.

A referendum to repeal gay marriage would only need 120,577 signatures by June 6, but supporters of that measure must wait until after Gregoire signs the bill before starting to collect them.

"My guess is that foes of gay marriage will be going with the referendum challenge, since it takes fewer signatures and it gives a direct vote up or down on gay marriage," said Dave Ammons, spokesman for the Washington secretary of state's office. "The initiative seems to be a backup plan."

Meanwhile, the bill is expected to pass in the Washington House next week.

Watch KING5's report, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Unfortunately, where voters are given the choice they usually vote down civil rights laws. In New Jersey voters repealed a law giving women the right to vote, and in California and Maryland voters voided measures banning racial discrimination in housing. This is one reason the Freedom to Marry withheld support for marriage equality legislation in Maryland. They feel that the statewide LGBT groups have not done enough of the footwork to protect it from repeal by a referendum. However, Washington State successfully defended it civil unions law from voter repeal so it is likely they have the networks to defend the law. Plus voters will see that all of the dire predictions of what would happend should civil unions be recognized have failed to happen so the electorate will be less swayed by the demagoguery of opponents.

    Posted by: Charlie | Feb 3, 2012 7:39:03 AM


  2. why not wait until June 5th to the sign the bill ? that would shut the fuckers up...try mobilizing 125k bigots to sign something together in 24 hours.

    Posted by: paul | Feb 3, 2012 8:22:33 AM


  3. @Paul

    The problem with that is that they will double down hard on collecting double the number of signatures for the "only one man, one woman" type of ballot initiative, and I think we have a better chance with the "approve of same-sex couples" initiative.

    Posted by: JFE | Feb 3, 2012 8:50:34 AM


  4. They'll also focus on the backwards eastern part of the state

    Posted by: Steve | Feb 3, 2012 9:10:10 AM


  5. Honestly, in a presidential election year, with younger liberal voters in WA mobilized (I'm a Washingtonian), I think we'll win with either the referendum or initiative. I'm cautiously optimistic about the whole thing.

    Posted by: Chris | Feb 3, 2012 2:29:57 PM


  6. What wasted lives these preachers are leading.

    Posted by: Randy | Feb 3, 2012 4:15:49 PM


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