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President Obama Backs Washington State's Referendum 74

ObamaflagAccording to President Obama's reelection team in Washington State, the President supports passage of Referendum 74, a ballot measure that will legalize marriage equality there.

"While the president does not weigh in on every single ballot measure in every state, the president believes in treating everyone fairly and equally, with dignity and respect," Paul Bell, a press secretary from Obama's Washington team, told The Advocate's Neal Broverman.

"Washington's same-sex marriage law would treat all Washington couples equally, and that is why the President supports a vote to approve Referendum 74."

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  1. That is my President!

    Log Cabin, GOProud (what a joke!)...and the likes..........go f... yourself!

    Posted by: BRAINS | Oct 25, 2012 4:28:51 PM


  2. Hear, hear!

    Posted by: Mikey | Oct 25, 2012 5:11:35 PM


  3. That's AWESOME!!
    But what about the 3M's??
    Maryland, Maine & Minnesota??

    Posted by: Edd | Oct 25, 2012 5:17:53 PM


  4. Where is Obama's suppport for ending DOMA? He has failed us on that. We need DOMA ended. Note, also, how the President has barely mentioned gay marriage in his re-election campaign.

    He mentioned it a couple of time when he was fund-raising a few months back but since then he's been mum. He didn't even support us during the debates. You're a fake, Obama.

    Posted by: jason | Oct 25, 2012 5:21:07 PM


  5. Where is that third billy goat when you need him??

    Posted by: Edd | Oct 25, 2012 5:26:56 PM


  6. This is great. We need his support in Washington. A new poll shows support for our side slipping significantly, to under majority support now. The other side is surging, and we need to counter them with strong ads and organization. If we lose Washington, prospects for us winning anywhere are bleak.

    Posted by: Javier | Oct 25, 2012 5:31:33 PM


  7. This is great. We need his support in Washington. A new poll shows support for our side slipping significantly, to under majority support now. The other side is surging, and we need to counter them with strong ads and organization. If we lose Washington, prospects for us winning anywhere are bleak.

    Posted by: Javier | Oct 25, 2012 5:31:34 PM


  8. Jason,
    you and Markus don't sound as confident this week as y'all did the last couple of weeks. Do y'all know something that we Obama supporters don't? Or do you finally know what we've known since the Democratic Convention?

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Oct 25, 2012 5:34:57 PM


  9. He's announced his support for Question 1 here in Maine:

    http://maineprogressiveswarehouse.wordpress.com/2012/10/25/breaking-president-obama-supports-question-1-in-maine/

    L

    Posted by: LHN | Oct 25, 2012 5:38:49 PM


  10. And now Maryland. He has previously announced that he did not support the constitutional amendment in Minnesota.

    http://thetaskforceblog.org/2012/10/25/president-obama-announces-support-for-state-marriage-equality-measures/?year=2012&monthnum=10&day=25&like=1&_wpnonce=6a9038d39b

    Posted by: LHN | Oct 25, 2012 5:41:58 PM


  11. The interesting thing about these gay marriage polls in liberal states like California and Washington is that they usually show the pro-gay marriage position in the lead until about 3 weeks before the election. Then they start dropping so that, by the time of the election, the majority is against us.

    Here's what's happening. When ordinary people see us in our ads with kids that we didn't even bring in to the world - such as through adoption or surrogacy - it reinforces in their minds the notion that we are exploitative as a community. It suggests that we exploit women and technology to satisfy our own selfish need to have a family. It reflects poorly on our personalities.

    While I understand that it's important to portray gay people as normal, there is this lingering exploitative aspect to our personalities that doesn't resonate well with the public. Perhaps the ads have all been wrong.

    Posted by: jason | Oct 25, 2012 5:43:18 PM


  12. Support for Referendum 74 is under 50 percent, and the measure to legalize same-sex marriage enjoys only a narrow four-point lead, according to a new statewide Elway Poll released on Wednesday.

    The poll also shows a tighter-than-expected contest for Initiative 502, which would legalize and tax the possession and sale of small amounts of marijuana.

    Ref. 74 leads 49-45 percent in the poll, with a small sliver of undecideds — who often break “No” in statewide elections

    http://blog.seattlepi.com/seattlepolitics/2012/10/24/new-poll-points-to-tightening-race-on-gay-marriage/

    Posted by: Javier | Oct 25, 2012 6:05:08 PM


  13. "Where is Obama's suppport for ending DOMA? He has failed us on that."

    Actually no, Jason. Obama declared that he believes DOMA to be unconstitutional, meaning that the Attorney General stopped defending it in court. In part thanks to this, both the 1st and 2d Circuit Courts have also declared DOMA's Section 3 (the part with teeth) unconstitutional.

    Oh, and shortly after the Respect for Marriage Act (which would repeal DOMA) was introduced in Congress, Obama announced his support for it.

    Nice try, Republican troll.

    Posted by: BABH | Oct 25, 2012 6:12:50 PM


  14. What a lot of you need to understand is that so-called liberals are not liberal at all. They are fake liberals. There's a lot of hostility to male homosexuals in particular.

    It's similar to what you see in the music industry where people claim to be gay-friendly but then won't allow an openly gay or bisexual male singer to be as successful as the Madonnas of this world.

    Beware the fake liberals - particularly the women - who claim to be for gay marriage. Women are notoriously homophobic towards men in private. In the privacy of the polling booth, they are likely to push the "no" button on our rights.

    Posted by: jason | Oct 25, 2012 6:14:48 PM


  15. Some trolls have a lot of troll information that they cannot help but share with all of us non-trolls. Where do trolls get their info? Who knows?! From under a bridge maybe...

    Posted by: RyanInWyo (formerly RyanInSacto) | Oct 25, 2012 6:27:16 PM


  16. Once again, thank you Mr. Obama.

    Posted by: andrew | Oct 25, 2012 6:52:00 PM


  17. JASON/RICK: Do you pluck your "so-called information" out of your ass?

    You constantly spread mis-information about:

    Women
    Minorities
    Feminism
    Effeminate men
    Transgenders
    Liberals
    Gay parents

    The only thing you haven't put down is white men. Please stop calling yourself one of "us". You aren't gay, you are a GOP troll.

    Oh and if Romney is going to do so much more for gay rights, as you say, why hasn't he endorsed these equality referendums like the President has? You'll have no answer for that one. Troll.

    Posted by: WOW | Oct 25, 2012 10:14:27 PM


  18. The Elway poll had Washington 50-50 to slight loss on the everything but marriage amendment a few years back, and we know how that ended up.

    The most reliable Washington poll has marriage equality up 53-47. That would be identical to the 2009 voting numbers. The real question in Washington is, how many people will change their votes from supporting the everything but marriage bill to not supporting Ref. 74.

    It will be very tight but I think we'll win Washington. We cannot lose the message war. Hopefully these polls serve as a wake up call.

    Posted by: Francis | Oct 25, 2012 10:43:17 PM


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