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Video: Students at Washington State University Support Marriage Equality

Referendum 74; Washington State UniversityThis post comes from HRC Editorial & Digital Media Intern Leanne Naramore:

Students at Washington State University released a video this weekend declaring their support for marriage equality and urging voters to approve Referendum 74 on the ballot.

Dozens of WSU students created personalized signs about why they support equal rights for same-sex couples and why they are voting to approve Ref. 74.

According to the video’s YouTube description, “We want to move this state forward and APPROVE referendum 74. We are challenging other universities to remind their students to do the same.”

The video is set to Macklemore x Ryan Lewis’ song “Same Love,” which has become an anthem for LGBT equal rights since its release this summer. Macklemore, a Seattle native, recorded the song in association with Music for Marriage Equality, which connects musicians with opportunities to rally support for marriage equality in Washington. Within the first week of the release of “Same Love,” Music for Marriage Equality received a check from iTunes for $16,900. Since the official video came out two weeks ago, it has received over 5 million views. 

The video for “Same Love” specifically urges viewers to vote to approve Ref. 74. Given Macklemore x Ryan Lewis’ immense popularity with young Americans, the video is sure to encourage young people to get out and vote on Nov. 6.

HRC applauds the students at Washington State for standing up for equality. With a little more than two weeks until the election, now is the time to take action. Learn how you can get involved to approve Ref. 74 at

HRC is proud to have been a founding member of the campaign to pass marriage equality in Washington State, working side-by-side with state partners. You can sign up here to volunteer with HRC to help mobilize supporters of marriage equality in Washington or donate to HRC’s special fund to direct 100 percent of your contribution to Approve Referendum 74.

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