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Washington’s Ref 74 Qualifies For The Ballot

Jim Burroway

June 13th, 2012

It is now official:

The secretary of state’s office announced Tuesday that Referendum 74 passed the signature-verification process that has been taking place since last week.

Sponsors turned in 247,331 signatures, far more than the minimum of 120,577 valid voter signatures required. A 3 percent random sample was done and of the 7,561 signatures that were sampled during the check, 6,877 were accepted and the rest were rejected.

Last February, when Governor Chris Gregoire signed the marriage equality bill into law, opponents announced that they would immediately begin the task of collecting signatures to put a referendum on the ballot to overturn the law. They filed those signatures with the Secretary of State earlier this month, just one day before the law was to go into effect. By filing the signatures, they blocked the law, which now remains suspended until voters can approve Ref 74 in November. Unlike most other campaigns, a “yes” vote on Ref 74 will result in marriage equality for the state’s residents.

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TampaZeke
June 13th, 2012 | LINK

It’s a bit troubling that they were able to so easily get so many signatures. They were barely able to get the required signatures for the anti-civil union referendum and that was when people thought they were signing anonymously. Now people know that their signatures will be made public but they were still able to easily get twice as many signatures as needed.

Washington needs to work from day one as if they’re 20 points behind in the polls. I hope they find a more effective way to respond to the lies that NOM will spew than the other 30 states did.

b
June 13th, 2012 | LINK

please, please, will SOMEBODY PLEEEEASE tell me when this organized referendum-targeting against our community is GOING TO FUCKING END???? Because it is just getting TOO FREAKING RIDICULOUS!!!!!! I AM SO SICK AND TIRED OF IT, I swear the amount of these cruel efforts by those JERKOFFS that I can take before I just LOSE IT, even moreso than that which is displayed in this comment, is RAPIDLY fraying. Why the hell can’t they find something to do with their time that DOESN’T involve forcing their fears and ignorance into the laws so that our movements as LGBT citizens are RESTRICTED, CONTROLLED and PRESSURED in ways that NO other citizen has to contend with? I mean are they just gonna keep on until they see each and every one of us LGBTs humiliated and broken entirely?????? Because THAT is what it feels like is the case, and I’m sorry for my my language but ENOUGH IS FUCKING ENOUGH AND THEY NEED TO JUST CUT IT OUT ALREADY!!!!

Mark F.
June 13th, 2012 | LINK

b:

I understand your frustration, but they will only cut it out when they start losing.

Hyhybt
June 13th, 2012 | LINK

I doubt they’d stop just from starting to lose.

Whatever happened with that other… I don’t remember what it’s called, but the provision that was going to be on the ballot worded the other way, so that everyone would have to vote yes on one and no on the other?

Stefan
June 13th, 2012 | LINK

The other initiative didn’t gain steam.

james
June 14th, 2012 | LINK

i predict that here and in maryland the ban will be in place due to this vote. these polls showing pro equality ahead are bunk we all know it. we have seen it before. of course when people are asked they will all be for equality so they answer oh yes ill support gay marraige then when its time to vote they vote against it. until we get it to the supreme court these referendums will go down in defeat everytime.

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