UPDATE:  Support for equality grows daily: WAFST is now 118 organizations strong! List updated below.

Washington state’s radical-right religious coalition is disorganized and rudderless.  A fragment of this group, Referendum 71 backers, are sending out increasingly desperate pleas to their (paid) signature gatherers.  Contrast that to Washington Families Standing Together, a coalition of over 110 organizations that is supported by over 40,000 Washingtonians dedicated to protecting domestic partnerships in Washington state.
People from All Walks of Life Stand Together to Protect Washington Families

SEATTLE, Wash. –   Washington Families Standing Together (WAFST) announced today that in just eight weeks, tens of thousands of individuals and more than 110 organizations have joined together to protect Washington families from the threat posed by the attempted repeal of  the state’s domestic partnership law.  Those opposed to domestic partnerships are trying to roll back the law by gathering signatures to put Referendum 71 on the November ballot. They have until July 25th to turn in the signatures. If Referendum 71 qualifies for the ballot, voters will have to vote to “approve” Referendum 71 in order to retain the law already passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor.

“People from all parts of our state want to support their friends and neighbors. They are very worried that families in their communities will lose important legal and financial protections if the law is repealed,” said Josh Friedes of WAFST. “We have had over 40,000 Washingtonians, from every county in the state, pledge their support of the domestic partnership law and we have not sent a single piece of mail or done any advertising.

“And in only eight weeks, we’ve had over 110 organizations – faith-based groups, labor unions, seniors, communities of color, children’s organizations, statewide and local groups – join together to form the WAFST coalition dedicated to preventing the domestic partnership law from being repealed.” Friedes added.  “It’s quite powerful to see that groups who represent such a broad cross section of the state are all united in the common goal of saving the domestic partnership law.”

Click here to read the rest of the WAFST press release.  We won’t know until this weekend whether referendum backers have collected enough signatures to submit to the Secretary of State.  If they have, they’ll face a unified and determined opposition.

Organizations in the WAFST Coalition Supporting the Domestic Partnership Law (as of 7-20-09)

1. Childhaven

2. Children’s Alliance

3. Washington State Council of Firefighters

4. Senior Services

5. Puget Sound Alliance for Retired Americans

6. Washington State Senior Citizens Lobby

7. Associated Ministries of Pierce County

8. Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle

9. Asian and Pacific Islander Women and Family Safety Center

10. Entre Hermanos

11. Jewish Family Service

12. Organization of Chinese Americans of Greater Seattle

13. Minority Executive Directors Coalition

14. Advisory Council on Aging and Disability Services Seattle/King


15. Washington State Psychological Association

16. Anti-Defamation League

17. NARAL Pro-Choice Washington

18. Washington Education Association

19. Japanese American Citizens League

20. Lutheran Public Policy Network of Washington State

21. One America

22. Congregation Kol Ami

23. Economic Opportunity Institute

24. Women’s Funding Alliance

25. Planned Parenthood Votes! Washington

26. Unite Here Local 8

27. Central Washington Progress

28. YWCA Clark County

29. YWCA Kitsap County

30. SEIU Healthcare Local 775NW

31. Latino Political Action Committee

32. American Jewish Committee

33. National Association of Social Workers-Washington State Chapter

34. National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum

35. Lake Washington Educational Association

36. Asian Pacific Islander Coalition of Washington State

37. Raising Our Asian Pacific American Representation

38. American Federation of Teachers

39. Compassion and Choices

40. Vancouver United Church of Christ

41. King County Coalition Against Domestic Violence

42. New Americans Action Fund

43. Religious Coalition for Equality

44. Safe Schools Coalition

45. Teamsters Local 117

46. Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle

47. UFCW Local 21

48. Vancouver Firefighters Union IAFF Local 452

49. Sahngnoksoo

50. Equal Rights Washington

51. American Civil Liberties Union

52. First United Methodist Church of Tacoma

53. Snohomish County Democrats

54. Inland Northwest Business Alliance

55. Micah Project – Tacoma

56. Pride Foundation

57. Seattle Men’s Chorus

58. Seattle Women’s Chorus

59. Seattle University Outlaws

60. Cedar River Clinics

61. Inland Northwest LGBT Center

62. People for Peace, Justice, and Healing

63. Pride at Work

64. Blue Mountain Heart to Heart

65. Inlaws & Outlaws

66. Queer Kidz

67. Tacoma Rainbow Center

68. CREDO Mobile

69. Morningside Academy

70. Out In Tacoma

71. QLaw

72. Tacoma Lesbian Concern

73. Inland Oasis

74. Puget Sound Chapter, OLOC

75. Ingersoll Gender Center

76. Legal Voice

77. Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane

78. PFLAG Bellevue/Eastside

79. PFLAG Bellingham

80. PFLAG Everett/Snohomish

81. PFLAG Friday Harbor

82. PFLAG Kitsap

83. PFLAG Lower Columbia

84. PFLAG Tacoma

85. PFLAG Olympia

86. PFLAG Seattle

87. PFLAG Skagit/Sedro-Woolley

88. PFLAG Southwest Washington

89. PFLAG Spokane

90. PFLAG Walla Walla

91. Seattle Out and Proud/Seattle Pride

92. Whatcom Human Rights Task Force

93. Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, Social Justice Committee

94. Seattle Metropolitan Elections Committee

95. Human Rights Campaign

96. Lambda Legal

97. El Centro de la Raza

98. Washington State Stonewall Democrats

99. Lifelong AIDS Alliance

100. Art With Heart

101. Kitsap County HIV AIDS Foundation

102. Organization for Research and Learning

103. Pinay Sa Seattle

104. Seattle Gay News  

105. Greater Seattle Business Association

106. National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

107. Pierce County AIDS Foundation

108. Green River Community College GSA

109. Washington Gender Alliance

110. American Friends Service Committee

111. Fuse

112. Join the Impact

113. Spokane GLBT Film Festival

114. Tacoma United for Fairness

115. Vista Youth Center

116. Temple Beth Am

117. Seattle Chapter of the National Organization for Women

118. National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington

Join Washington Families Standing Together in their fight to defeat Referendum 71 by clicking on the graphics below.

Cross-posted at Washblog.