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WA Lawyer Moves to Repeal Gay Marriage (Before It’s Even Been Legalized)

WA Lawyer Moves to Repeal Gay Marriage (Before It’s Even Been Legalized)


They say the early bird catches the worm, and certainly the rather notorious lawyer Stephen Pidgeon is hoping that maxim holds true given he has filed for a November ballot initiative to repeal same-sex marriage in Washington — even though the Legislature hasn’t yet taken up a bill to legalize marriage equality.

From On Top Magazine:

“We believe this issue is even more volatile than domestic partnerships,” Pidgeon said. “The voters should get to vote on it. Let’s see what they think.”

Pidgeon’s initiative would alter the current state statute’s definition of marriage from a civil contract between a male and a female to “between one man and one woman.”

The clarification is needed because [Pidgeon says] legalizing gay marriage “will lead to the liberalization of marriage laws to allow for polygamy and other forms of relationships.”

Pidgeon and supporters, assuming they are given the go ahead for the signature gathering process, will have until July 6 to amass the requisite 241,153 valid voter signatures in order to put a repeal before voters in November.

Pidgeon’s 2009 ballot effort to prevent an expansion of domestic partnership rights, known as Washington’s Referendum 71, was defeated by the general public.

Perhaps the fact that he has so quickly filed to bring about a public vote on the as yet untouched marriage equality law is a back-handed compliment that legislation will indeed pass. Whether it would survive a public vote is, however, another matter.

The vote tally for support in the Washington Senate remains two committed votes shy of passage, but there are thought to be a number of legislators — both Democrat and Republican – that may be open to supporting the bill. The Washington state House, with a 56-42 Democratic majority, is expected to have enough support to pass a same-sex marriage bill without wrangling.

The same-sex marriage legislation will have its first public hearing on January 23.

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3:52AM PDT on Sep 16, 2012

He wants to outstrip himself in stupidity.

9:41PM PDT on Jul 29, 2012

@Chad A.

Unfortunately you spoke too soon:

4:44AM PST on Jan 25, 2012

What an idiot. Getting ahead of himself much.

11:36AM PST on Jan 24, 2012

Chad, sadly too many would quite happily go back to the time when interracial marriage was illegal. Many believe it is Gods plan that females be considered no more than property..... much like livestock (forced breeding and all)...... Many in today's world also believe in their heart that if you treat minorities or gays decently and respectfully it goes against the rights of 'normal heterosexual christian white men'. That, in a nutshell is where the problem is...... because EVERYONE KNOWS that God only approves of you if you are white; normal; christian; normal; and male.............. just ask any number of them who fit that description it will not take long before someone explains why in disgusting detail that GOD loves only them and wants them to punish everyone who falls outside those lines.

8:37PM PST on Jan 22, 2012

There will come a day in the not-too-distant future when this kind of thing will be the universal source of embarassment it should be now. This is the kind of thing people were saying and doing to oppose interracial marriage not so long ago and how many people can even imagine going back to the days of the ban on interracial marriage?

12:00AM PST on Jan 20, 2012

Their religious beliefs and bigotry shouldn't keep people apart. These are the same arguments I heard when interracial marriages weren't allowed. When soldiers weren't allowed to marry their war brides and every time bigotry has raised it's un- American head to make some citizens less equal then others.

10:49PM PST on Jan 19, 2012

The only arguments the anti-marriage crowd can ever seem to put forth in their promotions are religious , which just goes to show they are but constitutional subversives wanting to violate the very first amendment and run the country as a theocracy.

Constitutional subversion in my book is treason.

8:50PM PST on Jan 19, 2012

This is a twofer for Pidgeon and his "family values" ilk: He takes a shot at gays AND Mormons!

3:00PM PST on Jan 19, 2012

Pidgeon - why don't you fly away to another state and stay away from WA State. We don't need your narrow mindedness.

11:32AM PST on Jan 19, 2012

Pidgeon - an idiot and a bigot. What a depressing combination. I hope gay marriage legislation is approved. Here's hoping!

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