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Opponents of Washington marriage equality law launch repeal effort

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

OLYMPIA, WASH. — Within hours of Washington state Gov. Chris Gregoire signing a marriage equality bill into law, opponents on Monday filed the paperwork necessary to collect signatures for a referendum to overturn the law.

Referendum 74 would be a yes or no on gay marriage question if it gets to the ballot. A “yes” vote means the law passes as signed, a “no” vote would overturn it.

“It’s preferable if we understand that marriage is unique and special and it’s not necessarily inclusive of every relationship,” said Christopher Plante with the National Organization for Marriage.

“There are lots of relationships that are very meaningful to people that are not called marriages and that’s OK,” he said.

In a message to supporters, NOM President Brian Brown, confirmed that the NOM “is joining with the Family Policy Institute of Washington, Stand for Marriage Washington, Concerned Women for America and hundreds of other groups, pastors and individuals to take this issue directly to the people in November.”

Referendum 74 sponsors will need to collect 120,577 valid signatures of registered Washington voters by June 6 to secure a place on the ballot.

If that doesn’t happen, the same sex-marriage law would go into effect June 7.

If the measure does qualify for the ballot, the law would effectively be put on hold until the November 6 general election and certification on December 6.

Gregoire on Monday signed into law the measure passed last week by the state legislature that legalizes same-sex marriage, making Washington state the seventh in the nation to allow same-sex couples to marry.

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  1. Of course they did. They have nothing better to do than to stick their nose in everyones else life. These people need to worry about there own.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 9:29pm
  2. i hope they all have heart attacks lol

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 9:30pm
  3. and i hope their children die

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 9:30pm
  4. To that Lady holding the Sign… NAH (: Im good (gay) <3

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 9:30pm
  5. My rights are no longer up for religious debate.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 9:30pm
  6. One man and one woman only.?? Hmm doesn’t someone need to tell that to Um Newt Gingrich, Britney Spears and Sinead O’Conner.????

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 9:31pm
  7. oh dear god lets hope they dont switch things this fast this would be ridiculous why cant peope just let people live

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 9:31pm
  8. @Woodall: I don’t know about you, but if I were related to any of those pricks I wouldn’t want them to worry about me. Frankly, I wouldn’t even associate myself with them at all.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 9:31pm
  9. I think the lady holding the sign should really change it to “ONE MAN, ONE WOMAN IF I CAN HUNT THE FUCKER DOWN AND SEDATE HIM”

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 9:31pm
  10. Damn, she looks mean.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 9:31pm
  11. Gay marriage should be legal in all 50 states.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 9:32pm
  12. No, Charlie Kee. Don’t bring yourself to their level.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 9:33pm
  13. One man One Woman Only,,,hummmm is that at one time or ONe at a time…

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 9:35pm
  14. WOW that woman looking really rough, no ONE MAN is gonna look at her twice. You would think she’d want the LGBTQ community on her side when she be lookin’ like that. Doesn’t she know how purrty we could make her look!!! LMAO

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 9:36pm
  15. Disgusting. All of this needs to end. Marriage equality needs to be granted on the federal (Supreme Court) level and extended to every state. The rights of a minority group should never be up for popular vote.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 9:36pm
  16. If we allow gay marriage can we also allow polygamy? I’m serious too…

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 9:37pm
  17. U will lose!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 9:38pm
  18. those idiots dont care about marriage. if they did, the divorce rate wouldnt be sky high! they think they have the right to dictate everyones lives, because you know they live the right lifestyle… no thanks! i would try to see things from their point of view, but no matter how hard i try, i cant get my head that far up my ass! oh to be a homophobe…

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 9:40pm
  19. What the F—-…howabout everyone drop it and just allow equal marriage rights and other rights that we do not share :

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 9:43pm
  20. Tell that Kim Kardashian and Newt Gingrich!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 9:44pm
  21. I try so hard not to be angry and bitter and as petty as our opponents…they make it difficult, I must say. Take all that energy that builds up as rage and work on activism that sends our civil rights forward.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 9:44pm
  22. Surprise surprise. What a shame.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 9:45pm
  23. Seriously. These people have nothing better to do?

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 9:45pm
  24. I just have an issue on why they want to deny someone else happiness? How many of them have had affairs? How many of them have been divorced and re-married? How many of them have had pre-marital sex? And yet they want to cast stones.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 9:48pm
  25. Santo Lupo: Hate makes you ugly. Except for Michele Bachmann. She’s gorgeous.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 9:51pm
  26. Allyn Beaver: I hope so too.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 9:52pm
  27. BOO!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 10:08pm
  28. No registered voters need to sign.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 10:15pm
  29. we can beat this bullshit

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 10:15pm
  30. NOM makes u ugly….taking peoples rights away….make u just plain anti social lol

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 10:16pm
  31. wouldnt mit romney be against one man one woman?? thought the mormons were against that

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 10:22pm
  32. Most of them probably aren’t even from this state. *sigh* Repubs say they want states to be able to decide, but apparently it is only if the states decide to discriminate…

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 10:26pm
  33. OMG what the hell is wrong with people???

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 10:35pm
  34. That’d be like the patriots protesting after the superbowl. YOU STILL LOST

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 10:38pm
  35. Assholes!.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 10:42pm
  36. No Mitt id anti humanity

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 10:46pm
  37. Lol is

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 10:47pm
  38. People do this because they are afraid of change. In most homes, people were raised to believe that marriage is to be between a man and a woman which is sanctified by the church. Must those who teach this forget our founding fathers wrote the constitution which made it perfectly clear that all men shall be free. FREEDOM!! We are NOT a communist country (yet) and should have the right to choose who we are with. We don’t question 24 hour marriage chapels in Las Vegas.. We don’t question those who annull their marriages after 72 hours because they “didn’t get a long” NO ONE questions the cheating and backsliding that happens everyday between a man and a woman who have married for years and those who are even in our congress…. SO SHUT THE FUCK UP AND LET ME BE FREE TO MARRY WHO I CHOSE DAMNIT!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 10:52pm
  39. Don’t these people have productive things to do?

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 11:11pm
  40. Well I can say I live in washinton state and I am very proud to say so because our govenor finally wake and listen to the people who are saying everyone should have the right to marry who they love and want to spend their life with wether it be man and woman,man and man or woman and woman. We all should have that right. Love knows no gender.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 12:06am
  41. We can and should be angry at people such as that poor, unattractive woman, but y’all, look how far we have come!! Even ten years ago, none of this was even within the realm of possibility. We will make it and we can support each other as never before because of forums and networking sites. The thing that the opponents need to understand is that we WANT this and we will not be denied. Just as the 1964 Civil Rights Act was anathema to the good ol boy system down here in the south, this is ruffling feathers, as well. The Freedom riders and the proponents of voting and civil rights won because it was the Constitutional, American thing to do, and so will we for the same reasons.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 12:47am
  42. …someone should tell her to go back to the time when women didnt have the right to vote…maybe then she would understand…marriage is legal in the U.S. and in the U.S. all of us are created equal…

    Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 12:54am
  43. Is she like one of the ‘onemillionmoms.com’?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 1:27am
  44. people need to just stop hating!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 3:48am
  45. Is it really that awful? To let two people who just happen to be of the same sex love each other? Is it really that “life threatening”?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 5:18am
  46. get over it….

    Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 5:37am
  47. This isn’t shocking. It seems the most hateful people are also the ones with the most free time. These people are on the wrong side of history and just as we look back on others who were on the wrong side of history in the past, they will also be seen for what they are – hateful, ignorant, and shockingly misguided.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 11:05am
  48. If i only had a death note and the names and faces of all these people

    Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 4:36pm