Rollback of Marriage Equality in Washington State
June 6, 2012 by Tony Wagner, Western Regional Field Director
I’m in Washington today and we just learned that our hard-won marriage equality victory in Washington state is likely headed to the November ballot – and that means we have to out-organize, out-fund and out-vote our opposition.
The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) and other right-wing groups started hatching a plan to collect signatures before Governor Chris Gregoire even signed the marriage equality bill into law in February. NOM even pledged more than $1 million to fund the effort. They've just submitted more than 240,000 signatures; 120,577 valid signatures were required.
We won't let their money and scare tactics turn back the clock – not when we fought so hard to win marriage in the Washington legislature in the first place. Gov. Gregoire recognized HRC as a leader in that effort, and we pledge to be at the forefront of the battle to defend marriage equality in November. Help us defeat NOM in November – donate to HRC’s Washington ballot PAC now to give the Washington United for Marriage/Approve R74 campaign a jump start.
Now that marriage equality is likely on the ballot, the fight is about to get ugly. To prepare, we’re doubling down on our efforts – even more field operatives all over the state working to recruit thousands of volunteers for phone banking, community meetings and canvasses. Stopping this ballot initiative will mean going dollar-for-dollar and ad-for-ad against the deep pockets of the organizations trying to rollback this historic law. There will be lies. There will be attacks. They simply do not care about smearing our families and hurting our kids.
This fight is going to require an unprecedented level of coordination, organizing and voter contact to be successful. What you do right now could help shape the course of marriage equality not only in Washington – but all over the country. Donate today to help us defend marriage in Washington state.
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