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

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

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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