UPDATE: Check out the lies being spewed by signature gatherers in Seattle today, after the jump.
UPDATE 2: Chris Mason has posted the entire 9 minute video (thx Chris!). I’ve updated the post below. It is clear that the referendum mercenary was telling people that this is a yes/no vote on legalizing gay marriage. That is a baldfaced lie. R-71 is only about repealing an incremental domestic partnership law.
Wow. Just wow. This is what false Christianity looks like. Gary Randall and Larry Stickney, sponsors of the anti-domestic partnership Referendum 71, have a lot to answer for. This video was recorded by Chris Mason from Driving Equality a few days ago at the Port Angeles, WA Wal-Mart. While watching, keep in mind that Referendum 71 has NOTHING to do with marriage licenses.
[The paid signature gatherer] approached a woman and asked her if she supports same-sex marriage. When she said yes, he handed her the clipboard to sign the referendum. She though she was signing in favor of equal marriage. He tricked her, right in front of me, on camera. I called him out on it.
He said to her:
Did you have a chance to sign our petition yet? We’re giving you an opportunity to decide whether or not you’re in favor of giving homosexual couples legal marriage licenses. Not just the same rights as married people, but a marriage license too. Do you have an opinion on that, yes no or don’t care?
The woman said yes, that she will sign, and he handed her the clipboard. It was obvious to me that she was signing what she thought was a petition in favor or giving same-sex couples marriage licenses. So I asked her if she supports same-sex marriage. She said that she did.
Referendum 71 has nothing to do with granting marriage licenses. Referendum 71 would repeal an incremental domestic partnership law. It isn’t a fluke that this mercenary lied. Randall and Stickney have lied from day one that the referendum was about marriage. In fact, their petition sheets have the lie “Protect Marriage, Protect Children” emblazoned across the top with the following lies printed directly beneath
• The legislature just passed a law that effectively makes same sex marriages legal. By signing R-71 we can reverse that decision and protect marriage as between one man and one woman.”
• If same-sex marriage becomes law, public schools K-12 will be forced to teach that same-sex marriage and homosexuality are normal… even over the objections of parents. Sign R-71 to protect children.
* Protect Marriage Washington Using Paid Signature GatherersDominic Holden at SLOG reports
The bigots trying to repeal the domestic-partnership bill-which has zilch to do with kids, curriculum, or graphic depictions of sex-aren’t just lying in Port Angeles. Slog tipper Jennifer writes, “Just took this photo outside the Key Arena (fountain side) where the petition signers are mingling in the crowd headed into the Women of Faith conference.”
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