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Marriage Equality To Be Pushed in Washington, Not Yet in Oregon

Marriage Equality To Be Pushed in Washington, Not Yet in Oregon

A new push is on for marriage equality in Washington state.

A broad coalition of groups announced November 14 that they will seek to bring same-sex marriage to a vote next year. Washington United for Marriage brings together dozens of gay rights, civil liberties, labor and religious groups.

Their effort will roll out in suburban town halls early, to build support outside liberal Seattle. This will focus on same-sex couples telling their stories.

Democrats will push legislation in the State House, but they caution that the support may not yet be there in the State Senate. They believe that they will need a number of Republican backers if, as they anticipate, conservative Democrats peel off. Democrats have a 27-22 majority in the state Senate and a 56-42 advantage in the state House.

Openly gay state Sen. Ed Murray said:

“We’re going to push it, I believe 2012 is the best chance we’ve ever had to make marriage equality a reality. [But] we cannot win with just Democrats.”

Proponents anticipate that any legislative success may face a referendum. In September, a poll by Seattle political consulting firm Strategies 360 found support for gay marriage in Washington state at 54-35.

Washington has had civil partnerships, with equivalent rights to marriage, since 2007.

In Oregon, however, marriage equality proponents have pulled back, announcing that they won’t put an initiative on the ballot next year for marriage equality and to repeal the constitutional ban.

“We must allow our education work to continue,” Basic Rights Oregon announced on November 9.

Jeana Frazzini, Executive Director, said:

“We don’t yet have the kind of consensus that would indicate a reasonable expectation of success.”

A Public Policy Polling survey of Oregon voters in June found that 48 percent of voters support marriage equality.


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1:07PM PST on Nov 20, 2011

YAy for Washington and as far as Oregon goes they must be smoking of the weed they grow there and sell! Stop smoking the wacky weed oregon and pay attention!


12:20AM PST on Nov 19, 2011

Well, I hope Oregon catches up, it is pretty redneck here outside of Ashland, Bend, Portland and maybe Eugene though. I still see "freedom fries" at restaurants in some towns along the coast, and there are still a surprising number of cars with fading "Bush/Cheney" bumper stickers.

3:06PM PST on Nov 18, 2011


2:44PM PST on Nov 18, 2011

Who cares who marries whom? It's none of anybody elses business or concern. I don't even favour marriages, but that's just me. You don't need to be married to be together. It's just a lawyer game anyway. But it's nobody's business what other people do or want. If it's a religious matter, than abolish the religions. They are mostly bullshit anyway.

1:37PM PST on Nov 18, 2011

what happened to the constitutional garuntee of equal protection? i have one thing to say to those who oppose same sex marriage: if you don't like it; marry someone of the opposite sex like i did and i'm happy, i think gay folks are entitled to that same happiness i enjoy.

1:17PM PST on Nov 18, 2011

One day...we'll all look back on this and remember the ridiculous struggle we had to go through to ensure equal marriage rights for everyone.

We'll remember when a vocal minority insisted on pushing their religious agenda on the rest of the country--and we'll be sure it never happens again!

I hope I live to see it!

12:37PM PST on Nov 18, 2011

I'm surpised that Oregon is not leading the way, they have on so many other issues.

12:16PM PST on Nov 18, 2011

it just might pass there...I sure do hope so.

11:33AM PST on Nov 18, 2011

I hope this is successful.

10:56AM PST on Nov 18, 2011

Having moved from a redneck area of Oregon (Medford), I'm not surprised. Used to be a "sundown" season on any person of color after daytime. Interesting enough, the public library has the largest collection of Christian books that I have ever seen. I guess Jesus "passed" as white. Oh, and he had blue eyes...check out some of the Mormon paintings of him. They ought to know.:)

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