Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Anti-LGBT Language Averted in Washington State’s Referendum 74

In Washington, Thurston County Superior Court Judge Thomas McPhee overruled Republican Attorney General Rob McKenna’s attempt to insert bias language into the title of Referendum 74, which attempts to turn over the state’s newly gained marriage equality law.

McKenna’s draft was filled with the phrase “redefine marriage,” a phrase which has long been attributed to anti-LGBT equality organization National Organization for Marriage. The new language, crafted by McPhee, now says the measure will “allow same-sex couples to marry.”

"It was fascinating  to watch the care and attention that goes into this process,” says Kathy Reim, Pacific Northwest Regional Director, “We came away with an appreciation for the fairness and focus on the part of Judge McPhee. The legal team and Paul Lawrence are the real heroes of the day. We know firsthand the long hours, through the night and on weekends, they worked on behalf of our families. Anne Levinson provided the leadership. Now it is time for us to step up to support the efforts of the Washington United for Marriage campaign.  We are ready."

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