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Washington state makes it a sweep as voters approve same-sex marriage law

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

In a sweep of election night victories for marriage equality, voters in Washington state approved Referendum 74, affirming the state’s same-sex marriage law, and granting gay and lesbian couples the freedom to marry.

Marriage equality supporters declared victory after results showed the measure maintaining a 52 percent to 48 percent as of Wednesday afternoon, despite mail-in ballots that had yet to be counted.

Washington joins Maryland and Maine in becoming one of only three states to legalize same-sex marriage at the ballot box.

Maryland and Maine voters approved their ballot measures Tuesday night as well, and an anti-gay marriage amendment in Minnesota was also defeated by voters.

“Washington voters sent a resounding message that nothing less than marriage is full equality for gay and lesbian couples,” said Chad Griffin, President of the Human Rights Campaign, in a statement. “This victory rounds out a landslide sweep of all four marriage ballot measures this November.”

“We stood with Washingtonians in passing and protecting Domestic Partnerships and we could not be more proud to have stood with them every step of the way in this campaign. This win is a sure sign that momentum is on our side, and with the growing majority of Americans supporting marriage equality, more states will soon join Washington in protecting all families,” said Griffin.

“This win would not have been possible without Governor Gregoire’s steadfast commitment and the leadership of the business community in the state, putting themselves squarely on the right side of history.”

“We made history. Together. And together, we turned a corner for love and fairness not just in Washington, but in Maine, Maryland, and Minnesota,” said Zach Silk, Campaign Manager for Washington United for Marriage.

“The voters have spoken and the arc of freedom and fairness bends further and closer to equality for all,” said Silk.

Same-sex couples will be able to marry beginning on December 6 — all referendums that are approved by voters in Washington state go into effect 30 days after the election.

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50 more reader comments:

  1. HELL YA!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:32pm
  2. Now if Wyoming would just get it. :)

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:32pm
  3. Excellent!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:33pm
  4. If only California could get it together. Congrats Washington!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:33pm
  5. Maine. Maryland. Washington. HISTORIC

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:33pm
  6. woo now we have 9 states with marriage equality

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:33pm
  7. OMG wow! I love this night!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:34pm
  8. Maryland also approved the same sex referendum

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:34pm
  9. California will join as the 10th state once the Supreme Court makes their decision in a few weeks

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:34pm
  10. I’m gonna go home to get married!! Yay!!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:35pm
  11. Not hearing this officially yet folks.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:35pm
  12. it needs to the the WHOLE USA …

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:35pm
  13. Actually, we may not know for a few days. Only half of the votes have been counted and it 52 to 48% to approve. It’s way too soon to call it.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:35pm
  14. Timothy, we should hear about Prop 8 in the next two weeks in regards to the Supreme Court. If they don’t want to hear it, we will be allowed to marry-again. Woohoo.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:35pm
  15. Proud to say I voted yes !

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:35pm
  16. :)

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:35pm
  17. Keep em coming baby yeah!!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:36pm
  18. It’s over. Equality will soon be here once DOMA falls.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:36pm
  19. Great!!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:36pm
  20. More places I can move to if NJ doesn’t work out

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:36pm
  21. I love Washington State and now there is another reason to move there someday. Love…

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:38pm
  22. Yeaaaa. Keep those states coming. What an amazing day it is today.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:38pm
  23. Omg yeeeessss!!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:38pm
  24. Wonder when Floridians will finally come to their senses?

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:39pm
  25. Any word about Minnesota yet?

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:39pm
  26. I am so glad to be a gay Washingtonian! Fuck the Religulous!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:39pm
  27. I contributed to this step forward….So proud of my state right now!!!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:40pm
  28. Woo!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:41pm
  29. Awesome! :-)

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:43pm
  30. yay! I voted for ref 74 :3 straight ally!!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:44pm
  31. I live in Seattle. It is looking good but it might be too early to call quite yet. Crossing our fingers.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:45pm
  32. There’s still one county out. It looks like it will pass though. We’re at 51.79% approval and waiting on Snohomish County which is directly north of King County (Seattle!). Good sign to me.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:47pm
  33. Victorious!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:50pm
  34. Happy ,happy, joy, joy I don’t have to be a second class citizen anymore!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:55pm
  35. ok now for Florida

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:55pm
  36. Go Washington!!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 11:01pm
  37. Everything.has to go thru congress and with the republicans running this shit its not a really good chance tho

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 11:02pm
  38. Now Florida yes lets do this,eventually Florida will fall and i cant wait

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 11:04pm
  39. I guess if you’re a repub these things don’t matter to you but as a minority they’re HUGE

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 11:08pm
  40. Congratulations Washington!

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 12:03am
  41. I’m happy

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 12:04am
  42. Thank you WA. We are proud of our state.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 12:20am
  43. It isn’t final yet. Still have to wait for all the votes to be counted.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 1:03am
  44. SO AWESOME!!

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 1:03am
  45. Victory!

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 1:27am
  46. Okay it is passing still but we still have over 680,000 ballots yet to count–so while the numbers look good we are not celebrating yet.

    Approved
    985,452 51.79%
    Rejected
    917,405 48.21%

    http://vote.wa.gov/results/current/Referendum-Measure-No-74-Concerns-marriage-for-same-sex-couples.html

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 5:51pm
  47. it should be approved for every state – if your “straight” and married in one state then whoa your married in all states…should be the same for “gays”…make sense to me.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 5:51pm
  48. This is what I’ve been thinking all this time. It has never been a question that married straight people are married. Some of our grandparents were married in other countries!

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 6:00pm
  49. it has nothing to do with the regligious ceremony but rather the civil contract between states and the citizens…if it is legal for anyone over the age of 17 to consent to marry then why are certain people being denied their rights? Much like the 60′s huh when Blacks has to ride in the back of the bus!

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 6:20pm
  50. Let’s stop this stupid old action and move forward folks! EQUAL rights means EQUAL rights…why isn’t the ACLU taking up this violation of Constitutional law?

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 6:39pm