Courage Campaign Joins Fight For Marriage Equality In Washington

WashingtonStateThe progressive Courage Campaign announced today that they too are joining the fight for Referendum 74, the ballot measure that will maintain marriage equality in Washington state.

"This is the civil rights issue of our time and we will be investing major
resources in Washington to ensure the historic act of the governor is
not overturned. We could not be more thrilled to join with Washington
United for Marriage to ensure equality is protected in Washington
state," Courage Campaign founder Rick Jacobs in a press release. Courage chose Washington's fight after polling their estimated 750,000 members on which of the states deciding on marriage laws should get the national organization's attention.

Washington United For Marriage campaign manager Zach Silk said he and his allies are "grateful" for Courage Campaign's involvement: "Between their robust membership and their campaign staff support, we’re
delighted to get a fresh infusion of talent and those all-important
campaign dollars as we head into the thick of this election season," he said. With the Expedia backing, Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos' millions, and the dearth of fundraising and popular support for anti-gay opponents, it's safe to say this one's in the bag. But, you know, it's never good to get cocky when it comes to the ballot box.

Comments

  1. Bob says

    With the catholic bishops plugging away, and the mormons apparently holding back for a last minute blitz, I think it is very foolish to count this as “in the bag”.
    Gay folks in California were mostly flabbergasted by the steamrolling they took The mormon TV ads successfully raised parents’ fears, while the Gay ads were smug, preachy, and smacked of entitlement.

  2. Seattle Mike says

    Dammit, it is NOT safe to say that this is in the bag! Although we’ll probably have our best shot so far in Washington State, there are some powerful forces lining up against us.

    I just cannot believe that you would write something like that!

  3. Darbari says

    “it’s safe to say this one’s in the bag”

    Please don’t say such things. We need to be alert and vigilant until it gets done. A lackadaisical attitude will be enormously costly.

  4. RJ says

    Andrew, I realize the anti-gay bigots usually make up their own stuff to get their base riled up but why even give them any more ammunition with that smug “this one’s in the bag” comment?

  5. KP says

    California was in the bag too – and yet four years later we are still fighting in the courts for the right to get married there. Being cocky leads to people being complacent – and never underestimate the power of religion.

  6. Anthony says

    What kind of ads are they running in the three states where they are voting to legalize same sex marriage? Are they agressive and able to counteract any last minute fear campaigns?

  7. Victor says

    Belonsky, I always thought you were clueless, but this seals it. You obviously know nothing about the polling in WA. This is a very close race. We could well lose it. In 2009, we fought a battle in WA on civil unions and despite outraising the other side 5-1, we only won by 6 points. That was civil unions; this is marriage, a much more difficult issue. If we win, it is likely to be by 1 or 2 points and we could just as easily lose by that margin.

    Also, I am concerned that so much money is flowing into WA that we might be starving ME and MD. In 2008, we flooded CA with money and wound up starving FL and AZ, where we had a shot to win in both states. I think CC should have selected MD or ME to help.

  8. MiddleoftheRoader says

    Agree with Victor that ME would be an excellent investment of resources in addition to WA. But MD — no way marriage equality will win in MD without strong, visible involvement (not necessarily money) from NAACP, La Raza and other minority organizations. The vote in MD will come down to how African-American vote in Baltimore City and PG County, and how Latinos vote in the close-in suburbs around Baltimore & DC.

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