Referendum 71 seeks to repeal the incremental Domestic Partnership Expansion Law of 2009 in Washington state, but would not do away with domestic partnerships. I have no doubt that there are some very determined and dedicated people pushing the smarmy referendum. However, it is telling that both Larry Stickney and Gary Randall have had to do the donkey work themselves. In any reasonably popular effort, campaign managers propose while volunteers dispose.
I was personally out Saturday helping deliver petitions. —Gary Randall
And you can practically hear the sweat dripping off of Larry’s drenched-to-squishy shirt
Having personally logged over 1500 driving miles in the past five days delivering R-71 petitions… —Larry Stickney
What does this tell us of the campaign? Well, let’s just say that when the latest padding of your endorsement list is a retiree who admits that he heads up a “small organization” (I was visitor 164 to his website) and has previously spoken publicly against the referendum as a foolhardy endeavour (see Wayne Lawson quote), what this tells us is that the campaign has very little popular support indeed.
Steven Pidgeon bonus track below the fold.This is such a hilarious factoid that I had to share. Larry sent out an email on June 13th with quotes from “State Leaders”. Steven Pidgeon being such a paragon of honesty, sanity and reason, I can surely see why Larry included his sage pronouncement.
HB 5688, together with other domestic partnership laws in Washington, represent the most radical rewriting of the statutory scheme in this state since the Code of Washington was first revised. R71 is your opportunity to reject the legislature’s attempt to overthrow traditional marriage in Washington. –Stephen Pidgeon, Legal Counsel, Protect Marriage Washington
Curious that Larry only put Pidgeon’s burbles in the email but not in the list of quotes on the website or on the petition sheet. And I wonder why Pidgeon left off the part about “I come here under the authority of Jesus Christ” to tell us that “there are going to be millions of people fleeing California once the starvation program begins down there.” Oh that’s right, to this group abolishing an incremental domestic partnership law is even more important than stopping a holocaust of kagillions of pre-born Americans, so a “starvation program” announced under the authority of Jesus Christ would be a triviality hardly worth mentioning.
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Cross-posted at Washblog.