Opponents of Referendum 74 and marriage equality in Washington state have sunk to a new low. They’ve compared the real-life tragedy of Angie Buysse and Cynthia Per-Lee — a Seattle couple who faced the nightmare of their domestic partnership not being recognized as one of them faced emergency surgery — to slices of bologna.

Angie and Cynthia are featured in an ad by Washington United for Marriage, the coalition working to approve Referendum 74.

“Unfortunately, what happened to Cyntha Per-Lee and Angie Buysse is not an isolated incident. There is a lot of confusion around what full family access means under a domestic partnership. The truth is we hear from patients on a fairly regular basis who have faced similar situations,” said Dr. Desi Bailey, Hospital Chief of Staff, Group Health.

“No family’s health care, least of all in an emergency, should ever be more traumatic because they are not treated as family. Only marriage makes sure that happens and that’s why the family physicians believes that approving Referendum 74 is the right thing to do for all Washington families,” said Dr. Anne Montgomery, President of the Washington Academy of Family Physicians.

“Our opponents have clearly hit a new low, attacking this couple and comparing their true story to slices of baloney,” said WUM campaign manager Zach Silk. “They want to make this about a technicality when what we’re talking about is peoples’ real lives. And everyone knows what marriage is, and it’s why no married couple or family ever has to face this added burden or trauma in times of crisis.”

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* Marriage Matters, Especially During a Medical Emergency