No Washington Gay Marriage Ban on November Ballot


A move to outlaw marriage equality in Washington state by having voters enact a ban has failed to qualify for the November ballot.

Reports The News Tribune:

Its sponsor, Stephen Pidgeon of Everett, says Initiative 1192 is more than 140,000 signatures short ahead of Friday’s deadline for turning in petitions to the Office of the Secretary of State in Olympia, and he concedes it won’t happen.

“I hate to say it … but we’re just not going to cross the threshold. We’re not going to make it. This measure is not going to be on the ballot,” Pidgeon said of I-1192.


“I’m just going to say that the well was severely poisoned….We were killed by friendly fire,’’ Pidgeon said. “There were activists working with R-74 (sponsors) telling people to burn our petitions, to throw them in the trash, that they would be worthless – that it would be overturned by the 9th Circuit (court).’’

In 2009 Stephen Pidgeon, an attorney, unsuccessfully attempted to have the state’s expanded “everything but marriage” domestic partnership law overturned.

Despite this failure, the other gay marriage question called Referendum 74 will still be put before voters in November.

R-74 asks the state’s citizens whether they will allow the marriage equality law passed earlier this year by the state’s legislature (Senate Bill 6239) to come into force.

The bill was signed into law in February after being championed by Governor Chris Gregoire.

Recent polls suggest that the voting public is in favor of allowing gay couples to marry, with around 54% saying they are inclined to keep the law.

Equality activists were always mindful that the R-74 referendum could and probably would happen, especially since opposition forces began a campaign to block the law even before it had passed.


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

Image used under the Creative Commons Attribution License with thanks to Steve Rhodes.


Mari Garcia
Mari Garcia5 years ago

I still don't understand why this would be voted on.

John B.
John B5 years ago

Thanks Steve for at least this bit of good news but still having Referendum 74 on the ballotis something to worry about. @ Steve R. No you get over it! You and your religious right wing nut groups are slowly but surely losing this battle for LBGT rights.

Susan C.
Susan Curtis5 years ago

Hey Steve, the only care2 articles you comment on are the ones about LGBT rights. Think you're a little obsessed with gay people. Maybe you, like santorum, are a little too curious??

Melanie K.
Mel;anie K5 years ago

Stee R. How many wives do you have? Polygamy has been accepted since the dawn of time, and is also accepted in the Bible. Since you apparently base your beliefs on Biblical terms, I assume that you accept polygamy.

Sharon H.
Sharon H5 years ago

Steve...get a new vocabulary. We're SICK of your telling us to "get over it." We're SICK of you calling us "bleeding heart liberals." Since when do you have the right to tell anyone whose being discriminated against to get over it? Who the hell do you think you are anyway? I'll tell you who you're an unfeeling, unsympathetic, un-empathetic anti-american BULLY! Go the hell back to South Africa since you hate this country and it's citizens so much.

Steve R.
Steve R5 years ago

"When do I vote on your marriage" says the placard.....

No need to - my marriage is traditional and accepted by the vast majority of the population of the planet, and has been since the dawn of time.....

Get over it!

Rob Keenan
Rob Keenan5 years ago

In addition to the reason Steven Pidgeon gives,it's possible the resources were put into R-74 was it's sponsors hoped to fool supporters of marriage equality into thinking that a "yes" vote is to overturn the new law. If so I expect the sponsors will be disappointed,because sense we who support marriage equality are Liberals we have the ability to inform ourselves that we WANT TO VOTE YES! Maybe,if this was a motive, the I-74 sponsors thought this could work because of all the time they spend around members of the Religious Right.

Carole L.
Carole L5 years ago

I live in WA and I'm really getting tired of these Fright Reich CINO trying to dictate how the rest of us 'should' live according to their perversion of religious belief. Equal rights are for all or they are not Equal Rights.

Phillip M.
Phillip M.5 years ago

Why are equal rights matter up for a vote in the first place? What would have happened it the civil rights act would have been put up for a popular vote? What would have happened if the right to marry between the races would have been put up for a popular vote? One knows what the outcome would have been. You never leave the rights of others up for popular vote of a majority, period. Never. Now, why are we making an exception for gay people? Why?

janet T.
janet t5 years ago

There are some things more important than the right to vote on them. Marriage and abortion, control of your own body by a law abiding citizen should not be abridged by someone else's religious beliefs. If we do that we are setting up an official religion of the United States, something that the Constitution is against.