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Marriage Foes In Washington Claim They Have Signatures For Ballot Measure

WashingtonStateSignGay marriage opponents looking to overturn that state's marriage equality law claim they have collected enough signatures to get their measure on this November's ballot:

Joseph Backholm, with Preserve Marriage Washington, said that the campaign for Referendum 74 has at least 150,000 signatures on hand. Backers of R-74 need to turn in 120,577 valid voter signatures by next Wednesday in order to qualify for the ballot. The secretary of state's office recommends that campaigns submit about 150,000 signatures in order to provide a cushion for invalid or duplicate signatures.   

"We feel that it's going to be adequate to get it on the ballot," he said. "We're quite confident of that."   

As we saw this morning, though, most Washington voters want to keep the equality law in place, and the pro-LGBT group Washington United for Marriage is ready for a campaign fight.

"We always expected [opponents] to reach the number," said group spokesman Zach Silk "We've been preparing our campaign to talk to voters. We believe at the end of the day they'll side with us to uphold the law."

Silk also says his group has about $714,000 in the bank to maintain same-sex marriage. Preserve Marriage, in contrast, only has about $43,000.

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  1. For now "Preserve Marriage" has about 43,000 . . . but outside interests should be soon pouring in much money to their coffers.

    What I would like to know is how churches can get so involved politically yet get tax exemptions as religious organizations. When are people going to wake up to the fact that religion is a political machine, historically speaking the most political machine of all, ever vying with kings, and heads of state for dominance and political control over the masses.

    It is time they start paying their taxes.

    Posted by: Ricco | May 31, 2012 10:26:56 AM


  2. Some people may say that Jesus mentionned that marriage is between a man and a woman, but in the bible, Jesus also mentionned to go and raise the dead (Matt 10:8).

    The point is Christ has said many things, but the most important thing He said is the Great Commandment of Love which Christians as his followers MUST follow in order to obtain eternal life and that's the only condition for that from the parable of the good samaritan. Indeed those who still believe that marriage is only between a man and a woman, based on Jesus's words are putting something to a higher law and to then create discrimination and hatred, which then go against the greatest commandment of Love!

    Posted by: Simon | May 31, 2012 11:43:08 AM


  3. Don't get complacent Washinton. The numbers look good now but early on they told us Prop 8 wasn't going pass here in Cali and then the Mormons came in with their secret millions and used fear and lies to tip the scales.

    Posted by: e.c. | May 31, 2012 1:17:15 PM


  4. I live in Seattle and we need to continue fighting for this. Lets go!

    Posted by: Bryce Ageno | May 31, 2012 2:13:42 PM


  5. As others point out, stop quoting polls that lead us astray and are invalidated when the actual vote is tallied on Election Day. Polls mean nothing if the voters say otherwise. We better get organized and geekup now or we will have a perfect losing record by November.

    Posted by: Luke | May 31, 2012 2:17:33 PM


  6. As others point out, stop quoting polls that lead us astray and are invalidated when the actual vote is tallied on Election Day. Polls mean nothing if the voters say otherwise. We better get organized and geekup now or we will have a perfect losing record by November.

    Posted by: Luke | May 31, 2012 2:17:34 PM


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