Anti-gay candidate Michele Strobel hitches her wagon to campaign loser Larry Stickney

By: Thursday February 11, 2010 10:50 pm

Single-issue candidate Michele Strobel is challenging incumbent state Representative Norm Johnson (R-Yakima) in this November’s election because, she said, in 2009 Johnson voted for a comprehensive domestic partnership bill (SB 5688).  Announcing her candidacy, Strobel said: “[Johnson's domestic partnerships vote] was a slap in the face to Christians,” Strobel said. “It was a slap in [...]

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 [...]

Anti-Family R-71 may barely qualify for the ballot, pending judge’s ruling

By: Monday August 31, 2009 8:15 pm

The Washington Secretary of State announced today that they’ve verified about 900 signatures over the threshold of 120,577 needed for ballot qualification.  The anti-child, anti-family ballot measure may qualify for the ballot, but just barely. Final certification is scheduled for Wednesday morning by the Secretary of State.  Also expected first thing Wednesday morning is the [...]

Washington’s Bishops: Repealing Domestic Partnerships is "Justified Discrimination"

By: Monday July 6, 2009 10:00 am

The Washington State Catholic Conference (WSCC), which “represents the Catholic Bishops of the State of Washington on issues of public policy”, has posted a link to this notice on the main page of their website (hyperlinks are mine). Repealing Domestic Partner Benefits Passed by the 2009 Legislature, SSB 5688 granted all of the rights of [...]

I Did *Not* See This Coming

By: Tuesday May 26, 2009 11:08 pm

Today was the last day anyone could file a challenge to the ballot language that the Washington State Attorney General proposed for Referendum 71.  Referendum 71 seeks to repeal the recently-passed Domestic Partnership Expansion Bill of 2009 which gives same-sex couples all the state-level rights, responsibilities and privileges of marriage. All eyes were expectantly on [...]

Washington State Has Full Domestic Partnerships! Well, technically…

By: Monday May 18, 2009 2:24 pm

For the second time this year, Washington’s Governor Chris Gregoire has had the honor of advancing civil rights with her mighty pen. Governor Gregoire has been a steadfast ally.  Here is what she said when the House passed SB 5688, the Domestic Partnership Expansion Bill of 2009: “I want to thank the legislators who worked [...]

Gary Randall’s Fundraising Shell Game

By: Thursday May 7, 2009 7:00 pm

For months, Oregonian Gary Randall has been promoting an anti-domestic partnership referendum in Washington State, then directing his donors to give to one of his Oregon-based organizations, not to the Washington-registered political action committee (PAC) he says is already dedicated to the referendum effort. On Monday, May 4th, Gary’s Washington operative Larry Stickney filed the [...]

Ten Rationalizations for Running a Doomed Referendum Against Domestic Partnerships

By: Sunday May 3, 2009 12:00 pm

UPDATE  I was right – the begging bowl has definitely been passed from Gary Randall to Larry Stickney.  Larry officially filed a referendum today. Washington state’s legislature recently passed the Domestic Partnership Expansion Bill of 2009 (SB 5688), which makes Washington DPs almost equal to marriage.  The local Professional Christians are having a ball raising [...]

Washington’s ANTI-Equality Lobby Day – with pictures!

By: Thursday March 19, 2009 11:04 pm

Dominic Holden over at The Stranger‘s SLOG has it right.  He’s calling today’s anti-equality rally in Olympia a Last Gasp.  The rally was organized specifically to show opposition to the Domestic Partnership Expansion Bill of 2009.  The bill has already passed in the Senate, and has enough co-sponsors in the House to all but assure [...]

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