With the addition of Pierce and some other counties, Referendum 71 got slightly closer, but was still passing at the end of the day.
Approved: 51.65 %
Rejected: 48.35 %
Around our shop, we have a saying “it ain’t over ’till it’s over.” (Hey we lived through Rossi vs. Gregoire)
Nobody told that to Seattle State Sen. Ed Murray, who’s declared victory.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Nov. 4, 2009
Statement from Sen. Ed Murray on the passage of R-71
“Today is a great day of celebration for the tens of thousands of gay and lesbian families in Washington, and for anyone who supports equality in our state and around the country.
“While it felt like a crushing blow this fall when R-71 received enough signatures to make the ballot, at the time I expressed my faith that Washington voters would uphold the progress the Legislature made for gay and lesbian couples when it passed the ‘everything but marriage’ bill earlier this year. And yesterday, the voters of Washington came through.
“In this state, voters will not allow a small group of right wing activist to determine who should be treated equally. In this state, the majority believes that gay and lesbian families who work hard and play by the rules deserve to be treat fairly.
“Yesterday’s vote was not about marriage and was never about marriage. That is a separate discussion that we intend to have with Washington voters – a discussion similar to the one we’ve had over the past three years as we’ve made step-by-step progress through domestic partnerships. Yesterday’s vote does not determine how that discussion will go, and shouldn’t be read that way.
“We intend to move forward and have a mature dialogue with the public about what marriage means.
“We haven’t yet walked through the gate to the promised land of full marriage equality. But, with yesterday’s vote, that gate seems more open then it was yesterday, and our goal seems closer to reality than ever.
“Congratulations to Washington’s gay and lesbian community and all those who have supported our cause along the way.”