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It’s ‘Yes!’ on Ref 74 (If they get the signatures)

By Mac McIntosh 

Opponents of gay marriage were gearing up to overturn the state’s new Marriage Equality Act even before Governor Chris Gregoire signed it into law. Organizing the opposition was the Family Policy Institute of Washington, which is backed by the National Organization for Marriage.

The latter organization financed the campaigns to overturn marriage equality in California and Maine. They are reported to have a million dollar war chest to refer the Washington law to the November ballot and then campaign for a “No” vote.

This is the organization that has been quoted as saying, “The strategic goal for this project is to drive a wedge between gays and Blacks.”

The Catholic Church is also fighting against marriage equality. The archbishop of Seattle has asked the Catholic churches in Seattle to have their parishioners circulate petitions to get Referendum 74 on the ballot.

Seven priests have refused. “Doing so would, I believe, prove hurtful and seriously divisive in our community,” said Father Michael Ryan of St. James Cathedral, Archbishop Sartain’s church. Father John Whitney of St. Joseph Parish on Capitol Hill took an even stronger position: “No petitioning will be permitted anywhere on the campus of St. Joseph Parish.”

Some say that because Washington voters supported Referendum 71 (the Everything but Marriage Act) and it passed, we will be able to do the same with Referendum 74. Because of the money and organization against it, this is going to be a bigger fight. The organization supporting marriage equality, Washington United for Marriage, will need all the support they can get. You can help by contributing money, by working on the campaign, or both. Pledge support at www.washingtonunitedformarriage.

Another threat to marriage equality is the possibility of Initiative 1192, defining marriage as between one man and one woman. Proponents of I-1192 are in the signature gathering stage.

Please join PSARA in this campaign to support marriage equality in Washington State. We can be successful in November if Referendum 74 is passed and Initiative 92 is voted down.

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