Washington: A Defeat for the Marriage Movement

Washington: A Defeat for the Marriage Movement

After days of ballot counting, the state of Washington officially declared the passage of Referendum 71 by a slim margin of 52% to 48%. This marks a huge defeat for all those who support traditional marriage.

Given the politics of the state of Washington and the fact that our side was down 17% in polling going in to an election day this shows the powerful effect of traditional marriage supporters (people like you) making this a close election vote after it was predicted to be a landslide.

Referendum 71 puts into effect Senate Bill 5688, legalizing same-sex domestic partnership that provide homosexual couples with all the rights and privileges of legal marriage. From this legislation, homosexual activists are only a few small steps away from fully legalizing same-sex marriage.

This loss in Washington should be a call of warning to anyone who believes in the importance of traditional marriage between one man and one woman. We cannot be casual, dismissive or supportive of same-sex domestic partner benefit bills and must fight them with the same dedication we have used in combating same-sex marriage. Domestic partnership rights are a very real threat to marriage and cannot be ignored.

As Randy Thomasson of SaveAmerice.com explains, “The reality is, to fully protect marriage in the law, you must protect marriage licenses, marriage rights, and all legal aspects of marriage. Protecting only marriage licenses, but not marriage rights and marriage benefits, results in man-woman marriages that are devoid of any special or unique legal status. Children need to be raised in a society that respects the exclusive institution of marriage between a man and a woman, with full legal protection of this special relationship.”

Therefore we need to be better prepared to fight domestic partnership benefits wherever they turn up: businesses, school systems, municipalities, or states. If we do not defeat this legislation at every turn, we will slowly hand the definition of marriage to those who would rob it of all meaning.

Referendum 71 does mark a defeat for marriage. But if we learn to be more diligent because of it, it can also signal a renewal in the fight to defend our children and our families.

  • Jim Gaylord
    Posted at 17:34h, 12 December

    Referendum 71 ultimately garnered 53% of the vote, about the same
    percentage as the one by which the people of Maine rejected gay

    We in Washington are proud to have upheld the concept of substantial equality before the law.

    But full equality will eventually come when our legislature
    repeals our DOMA law. That’s not Defense of Marriage Act as
    it’s often termed. Rather it’s a Denial of Marriage Act, something
    truly repugnant to those who believe in equal protection of
    the law, one of the most basic precepts of our Constitution.

  • Pingback:Your Rights: Two free speech cases to watch in April « The United Families International Blog
    Posted at 13:22h, 07 April

    […] This second case is even more politically charged dealing directly with homosexual marriage and the bounds of political speech. Doe v. Reed concerns Referendum 71, the Washington state ballot initiative that sought to overturn a bill providing domestic partnerships all the rights of legally married couples. If you remember, after the Washington legislature approved the bill last year, Protect Marriage Washington started a petition effort to get the bill on the ballot for public vote. Protect Marriage Washington got the requisite signatures and the issue went on the ballot last November as Referendum 71. Unfortunately, the bill was approved. […]

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