Washington United Gains GOP Ally, Releases New Ad Ahead of Election
November 1, 2012 by Tony Wagner, Western Regional Field Director
This post comes from HRC Regional Field Director Tony Wagner. He is working with Washington United for Marriage, the campaign working to defend marriage equality at the ballot box in November.
With just days remaining before Election Day, the fight for marriage equality in Washington got a huge boost when former Governor and U.S. Sen. Dan Evans, a Republican, announced his support for the state’s marriage equality law.
"As a Republican, I believe strongly in individual liberty and freedom," said Evans. "So, for me, approving Referendum 74, supporting our bipartisan marriage law, and giving everyone the freedom to marry the person they love, just seems right and reflects the fundamental value of fairness that we treasure here in Washington."
Evans joins 184 current and former federal, state and municipal elected officials in support of the law.
In other news, Washington United for Marriage has released its final TV ad that further showcases the broad and deep support for Referendum 74.
The Washingtonians in the ad cross party, generational and geographic lines.
You’ll recognize familiar faces such as Chad and Lisa Johnson, who grew to understand the importance of marriage as they got to know their neighbors, Colleen Ozolitis & Lee Ann Martinson, and the people of faith who spoke about how the new state law protects both religious liberty and marriage equality. The ad also features Robin and Steve Boehler, who simply want marriage for all three of their daughters, including their lesbian daughter.
“It’s about fairness. It’s about freedom,” the ad says. “The freedom to marry the person you love.”
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.