Tuesday, September 1, 2009

WA State's Referendum 71 Makes it onto November Ballot

In July we blogged about Referendum 71, the ballot measure that would repeal Washington State's domestic partner laws.

After months of hard work on behalf of Washington Families Standing Together, a group trying to prevent this referendum from making it onto the ballot, it looks like the opposition was successful in gathering the signatures they needed. The domestic partner rights of WA families will be put up for vote in November.

"After a month of counting petition signatures, the secretary of state's office said that Referendum 71 had 121,617 valid signatures — about a thousand more than needed to advance to the general election," reports this article in the Seattle Times.

Opponents of Referendum 71 have asked a judge to block the measure, at least temporarily, saying that election officials accepted thousands of invalid signatures. The judge said she would rule in the case on Wednesday.

4 comments:

NG said...

That it made the ballot should come of no surprise, given the ballot qualifying process involved a readjustment of the counting process after the fact and signees that weren't registered to vote being accepted as though they were.

Anonymous said...

There is something monumentally fishy about R71. Maybe someone can explain. Above was said "After months of hard work on behalf of Washington Families Standing Together, a group trying to prevent this referendum from making it onto the ballot, it looks like the opposition was successful in gathering the signatures they needed. The domestic partner rights of WA families will be put up for vote in November."

If you actually GO to the Washington Families Standing Together site it plainly says "WAFST - Pledge to retain the DP Law - Vote to approve Referendum 71"

WTF?

I decided to look at the ACTUAL filing for R71 and it says -
Sponsor
Mr. Lawrence Stickney
P.O. Box 501
Arlington, WA 98223
Phone: 360-631-1894

lstickney@valuesaction.org

valuesaction.org is very religiously oriented - not pro-gay rights.

So WHAT exactly is the deal here. Why are normally pro gay org's spamming out the "Pass R71" message?

Again, WTF?
Gary

Anonymous said...

Oh, and I would like to add that there are many MANY confusing editorials and a postings that blur R71 and the original pro-domestic partnership law SB5688. It almost seems like people are wanting SB5688 and signing in favor of R71.

?????

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry about all this - here's the best explanation I've found. I wish I had found it before posting :-)

""Referendum 71 would ask voters whether SB 5688 should be retained as the law or repealed. A vote to “APPROVE” keeps the law. If Referendum 71 is placed on the ballot and fails, it may result in denial of rights to constituents served by the mission of Skagit PFLAG.""

Still, the WAY that 71 was presented was the opposite of most challenge referendums - usually, when the referendum wins, the existing law is struck down. This is the opposite.