Foes of Referendum 74 conceded today, saying:
It’s a cause worth fighting for, and we will continue to educate citizens and policymakers on the timeless truth that real marriage is the union of one man and one woman.
Supporters have been celebrating for a while, and said today:
This is an historic day for Washington, an historic day for our country and, most of all, for families across the state who have dreamed of this day. From the beginning, this campaign told the stories of loving couples and their families who simply want to get married.
Rep. Laurie Jinkins of Tacoma, one of the champions of same-sex marriage in the Legislature and the first openly lesbian lawmaker, now has some very practical issues to work out.
“Now my household is really in a stress position, because now we have to start thinking about what our wedding would be like and we do not have a vision for that at all,” she said.
Voters in Washington state have approved gay marriage, joining Maine and Maryland as the first states to pass same-sex marriage by popular vote.