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Seattle Times endorses marriage equality; launches ‘I Do’ social media campaign

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

SEATTLE — In an unprecedented move, The Seattle Times on Monday declared its support for same-sex marriage, and launched a social media campaign aimed at gaining voter support for Referendum 74, the November ballot initiative that will allow voters to approve or reject the state’s new marriage equality law.

The Times campaign invites readers to take a photo of themselves holding a Seattle Times “I Do” sign, and share it on social media websites Twitter or Instagram, with the hashtag #IDo74.

Readers can email their photo to the Times, granting the newspaper permission to publish the photograph in print or online. The Times also invites marriage equality supporters to download a Facebook cover photo for their individual profiles.

The Times campaign also features a photo of its editorial board showing its support. Pictured: Publisher Frank Blethen, holding sign, and editorial board members, left to right, Thanh Tan, Kate Riley, Lynne K. Varner, Lance Dickie, Bruce Ramsey and Sharon Pian Chan.

Photo by Ellen Banner for The Seattle Times.

In addition, three other Washington state newspapers announced their support for marriage equality this past weekend.

The Columbian, which serves the greater Vancouver area, The Spokesman Review, which covers Spokane and the surrounding towns, and The News Tribune, which serves Pierce County, all endorsed Referendum 74 in strong editorials.

The Walla Walla Union Bulletin endorsed the measure on Sept. 12th.

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7 more reader comments:

  1. I have a question. I know what LGBT means. but, what does the Q mean?

    Posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 12:14am
  2. Amen. Seattle Rocks!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 12:15am
  3. The Q means Queer – a seemingly all-inclusive word that some people identify with. In the longer version of LGBTQ (some people call it the alphabet soup of identity), another Q shows up, and that usually stands for Questioning.

    Posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 12:17am
  4. Wow..and The Seattle Times is usually a Right Leaning Paper. This is a Surprise!

    Posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 12:19am
  5. It’s about time!!

    Posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 1:32am
  6. There are MANY Muslims, Christians, Jews, etc., who disagree with you and see this as a civil rights issue. It’s sad when people hide behind their religion to deny rights, that they already hold.

    Posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 8:35am
  7. Obama will will not give the right to marry to anyone! Being Musliim it a violation of their laws! The only way gays will be able to marry, which I highly support, if the ACLU will get off their ass and sue the State government class action suit for violation of civil rights! Only way guys!

    Posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 12:31pm