Voters in Rural and Conservative Counties Were Vital to Saving Washington’s Freedom to Marry Law

By: Saturday November 17, 2012 4:35 pm

Here’s what you already know: On Nov. 6, Washington voters affirmed the state’s bipartisan freedom to marry law by voting 53.35% to 46.65% to approve Referendum 74. And with over 78% voter turnout, the electorate has spoken decisively on this matter. Here’s what you may not know: “Approve” voters in counties rejecting the measure overall [...]

Preserve Marriage Washington’s Campaign Chair Under Scrutiny by Public Disclosure Commission

By: Wednesday October 24, 2012 11:49 am

Investigators at Washington state’s Public Disclosure Commission are recommending that Joseph Backholm, campaign chair and treasurer of Preserve Marriage Washington, be found in violation of state law and that the case be referred to the Attorney General for legal action. The charges stem from Mr. Backholm’s actions as treasurer of Family PAC, a political action [...]

Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Rob McKenna Uses NOM’s Playbook

By: Saturday June 2, 2012 6:30 pm

Rob McKenna’s moderate facade is slipping. Washington State’s Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate had the following to say about the referendum challenge to Washington’s new civil marriage equality law. Voters must APPROVE Referendum 74 in November to retain the marriage equality law. I don’t support changing the definition of marriage. For me, marriage is [...]

Washington Legislature Is First in the Nation to Reverse its DOMA Mistake and Pass a Marriage Equality Bill

By: Wednesday February 8, 2012 6:27 pm

Correction: In 2009 the Maine legislature did what Washington’s just did – dump their DOMA and replace with a marriage equality law. A NOM-backed referendum rolled back Maine’s new law before it could be enacted. Washington will be the first state to replace DOMA with a marriage equality law if equality advocates succeed in defending [...]

U.S. Supreme Court refuses to block R-71 petitions

By: Tuesday November 22, 2011 10:42 am

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a request by Protect Marriage Washington that the state be blocked from releasing further copies of Referendum 71 petitions while PMW appeals an earlier Federal District Court decision that ordered their release. The request had been made to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy who apparently referred it to [...]

Ninth Circuit to Protect Marriage Washington: your R-71 case is moot (updated)

By: Thursday November 17, 2011 12:18 pm

Moot is the word that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals used to describe Protect Marriage Washington‘s too-late effort to prevent the Washington Secretary of State from releasing more copies of the Referendum 71 petitions to the public. In October, Federal District Court Judge Benjamin Settle, a George W. Bush appointee, ruled in their case [...]

Protect Marriage Washington provides a good belly laugh

By: Thursday November 3, 2011 10:03 pm

I’m about to bust a gut laughing over Protect Marriage Washington’s latest Doe v. Reed court filing. In trying to get Federal District Court Judge Benjamin Settle to enjoin his own order that the Washington Secretary of State must release copies of the Referendum 71 petitions to the public as per the state’s Public Records [...]

The Seattle Weekly posts file of Referendum 71 petition images

By: Tuesday October 25, 2011 1:20 pm

Under the headline “Download Full List of Anti-Gay-Marriage Ref. 71 Signers Here–Court Order Too Late to Stop You” the Seattle Weekly has published a link to a file containing images of the 2009 Referendum 71 petitions. Referendum 71 was an effort by anti-gay Protect Marriage Washington to roll back Washington’s domestic partnership law at the [...]

Why is Protect Marriage Washington filing an emergency motion for secrecy after they’ve divulged their own identities?

By: Sunday October 23, 2011 4:32 pm

Talk about closing the barn door after the horse is bolted and you’ve torched the barn. Protect Marriage Washington filed an emergency motion with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday, asking the court to stay the October 17th order issued by Federal District Judge Benjamin Settle that as per the state’s Public Records [...]

Guest Post: Federal District Court to Rule on Release of Signatures in Doe v. Reed

By: Monday October 3, 2011 6:15 am

Guest post by: Anne Levinson, Chair, Washington Families Standing Together Today, the next chapter in a legal case that many thought was long since over will be argued in Federal District Court in Tacoma, Washington. The case, Doe v. Reed, stemmed from the 2009 Referendum 71 campaign in Washington State where a local group, Protect [...]

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