Challenge to Washington’s Public Records Act to get hearing by USSC

By: Friday January 15, 2010 7:02 pm

The United States Supreme Court has decided to hear the case Doe v. Reed (09-559), which challenges the ability of Washington’s Secretary of State to release copies of referendum and initiative petitions to the public as public records.  The law being challenged is Washington’s Public Records Act, passed in 1972 with 72% of the vote [...]

Referendum 71 would have been rejected without Eastern Washington

By: Thursday December 3, 2009 10:00 am

I recently talked about how the entire state of Washington has increased its propensity to vote pro-equality.  Now I want to talk about how vital to the approval of Referendum 71 non-Puget-Sound voters were.  Via Referendum 71, voters ratified the new domestic partnership law in Washington, making domestic partnerships fully equal to civil marriage under [...]

Washington’s statewide vote for full domestic partnerships is official

By: Wednesday December 2, 2009 2:00 pm

It’s official!  Governor Chris Gregoire and Secretary of State Sam Reed certified the election results on Tuesday.  The new domestic partnership law will now go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, December 3.  There are currently  13,082 people in registered domestic partnerships in both same-sex couples and opposite-sex couples where at least one partner is [...]

Joseph Backholm answers the straw man’s question

By: Friday November 27, 2009 11:00 am

The anti-gay Family Policy Institute of Washington has posted a video called “BY PROHIBITING GAY MARRIAGE, AREN’T WE VIOLATING THE SEPERATION (sic) OF CHURCH AND STATE?”.  It features FPIW’s Executive Director Joseph Backholm and appears to be one of a series (in progress) of video responses to each of the FAQs posted on the FPIW [...]

Yakima County republicans support the reelection of pro-equality legislator

By: Monday November 16, 2009 4:00 pm

State Rep. Norm Johnson (R-14th) was one of the 93 (of 147) Washington state legislators who voted last Spring for the 2009 domestic partnership expansion law (SB 5688).  SB 5688 made Washington state registered domestic partnerships parallel with civil marriage, and was ratified by over 53% of voters on November 3rd via Referendum 71. Johnson’s [...]

November 14th proclaimed "Victory, Referendum 71 Approved Day"

By: Friday November 13, 2009 10:17 pm

City of Seattle * City Council PROCLAMATION IN RECOGNITION OF THE APPROVAL OF REFERENDUM 71 GRANTING EQUAL RIGHTS TO DOMESTIC PARTNERS Whereas, civil rights and liberties have long been values of the City of Seattle; and Whereas, the Seattle City Council recognized the importance of extended domestic partnership laws by endorsing the Approve Referendum 71 [...]

Joe Fuiten v. Referendum 71 Rejects

By: Thursday November 12, 2009 6:37 pm

Last week The News Tribune (Tacoma, WA) published a scathing criticism of the anti-domestic-partnership referendum effort known as “Reject R-71″.  The editorial was built around phrases like “…R-71 opponents’ failure to mount anything resembling a viable campaign…”  So far the accused, Larry Stickney of Protect Marriage Washington and Gary Randall of the Oregon-based Faith and [...]

God endorses marriage equality

By: Tuesday November 10, 2009 3:01 pm

With God’s help and your support, this battle can be won. – Gary Randall, February 23, 2009 With few votes left to count and Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed reporting an ever-increasing approval percentage for Referendum 71 (currently 53.1% to 46.9%), it is clear that the Washington electorate has APPROVED Referendum 71.  Washington is [...]

"R-71: Effective 12-3-09"

By: Friday November 6, 2009 11:58 pm

The Washington Secretary of State’s final vote count report for the week continues to validate the conclusion that all of Washington state is moving towards equality.  Tonight’s numbers of 52.6% to 47.4% are not final, as vote counting is still underway.  However, even the Secretary of State seems pretty sure about R-71 since their Friday [...]

Youth Revolution presents…

By: Friday November 6, 2009 7:36 pm

A new organization called Youth Revolution popped up in Washington recently.  I’ve written a bit about them here.  YR’s Executive Director is none other than Russell Johnson, Director of Governmental Affairs for the Focus on the Family/Family Research Council affiliate Family Policy of Institute of Washington.  FPIW is the local organization that helped funnel over [...]

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