Breaking: Love believes in Love Today. Washington passes Referendum 74. A sweep for Marriage Equality Amendments

Washington United for Marriage (WUM), declares victory for the passage of state Referendum 74, approving same sex marriage:

After crunching numbers throughout the night, Washington United for Marriage (WUM), the broad coalition which built an historic statewide campaign, from a record-setting donor base to an unprecedented GOTV effort, all to defend the freedom to marry, today announced that Referendum 74 will be approved by voters…
With 60 percent of the vote counted, R74 already has the support of 65% of King County and is performing well in key Eastern Washington counties.  Simply put, it’s now impossible for opponents to overcome the 52-48% spread for R74.

This announcement now makes last night’s marriage equality measures in Minnesota, Maryland and Maine a sweep for civill rights for same sex couples and *love*.

Congratulations Washington!

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  • Tae Phoenix

    As a Washingtonian and lifelong supporter of rights for sexual minorities, I’m so delighted by the tidal wave of equality and love that is sweeping over my state and the nation.

    The best is yet to come, friends!

  • Sam Lindsay-Levine

    We won in Minnesota – after 30 states had an anti-gay marriage amendment pass on the ballot, we were the actual first to stop it. The organization Minnesotans United For All Families deserves a lot of credit for their skill and passion – I’ve been volunteering with them for the last three months or so.

    Some of the people working there had been researching and interviewing in California ever since Prop. 8 passed there, figuring out what our opponents did to beat us, and what we should have done instead – what tactics work and don’t work when it comes to persuading people. The primary strategy was trying to hold hundreds of thousands of individual, person to person, emotionally vulnerable phone conversations, telling our personal stories and who the amendment would hurt, getting people by the heartstrings and trying to defuse their concerns and fears. Even the TV ads were pretty much all “here’s someone like you who’s voting NO because they don’t want to hurt people, it’s OK to vote NO, you can too”.

    We took the moral high road in politics and it won.

    We still don’t have actual marriage equality – but with the state Democratic party retaking both houses of our state legislature, there’s a lot of hope that could be right around the corner.

  • Robert

    Some of the best things from the election will be the spread of gay marriage rights and legalization of marijuana (well at least in two states so far). I hold some conservative views but when it comes to gay marriage my view is “live and let live.” I know religious people that hate the idea of gay marriage and whenever I ask them why they say because God says it’s wrong and it will lead to all kinds of judgment. I can’t get through their head that we have separation of church and state. We aren’t run by biblical law. People come to America in the first place for freedoms and opportunities they didn’t have in their country of origin.