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It’s Official: Marriage Victory in Washington State!

Post submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications

Last night’s historic victories are continuing today – Washington State is officially the fourth ballot state where voters headed to the polls and affirmed marriage equality for loving, committed same-sex couples. In Maine and Maryland, voters approved marriage equality. In Minnesota, voters rejected a constitutional amendment that would have written discrimination against LGBT people into the state constitution.

As part of the largest mobilization effort ever in HRC history to expand equality, HRC donated more than $1.4 million to advance marriage in Washington – first by way of historic legislation passed earlier this year, and then continuing with the successful ballot campaign.

HRC provided key campaign leadership via our local steering committee, including campaign chair Lacy All. We energized our members and supporters around the campaign, both locally and nationally, with more than 600,000 emails to our members and supporters. In the run-up to Election Day, we signed up nearly 1,000 volunteers for efforts including phone banking, town halls, and canvasing.

HRC President Chad Griffin made the following statement regarding the historic victory in Washington:

“Washington voters sent a resounding message that nothing less than marriage is full equality for gay and lesbian couples. This victory rounds out a landslide sweep of all four marriage ballot measures this November.

We stood with Washingtonians in passing and protecting Domestic Partnerships and we could not be more proud to have stood with them every step of the way in this campaign.  This win is a sure sign that momentum is on our side, and with the growing majority of Americans supporting marriage equality, more states will soon join Washington in protecting all families.

This win would not have been possible without Governor Gregoire’s steadfast commitment and the leadership of the business community in the state, putting themselves squarely on the right side of history.

Washington United for Marriage ran a remarkable campaign under the leadership of Zach Silk and HRC’s steering committee and board member Lacey All were in the fight from the very beginning.”

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