In Washington, Sec. of State reports R-71 will be on the ballot

Today, the Washington Secretary of State’s office reported that the anti-gay forces did submit enough signatures to put the new “everything but marriage” law on the ballot this year for voters to approve or reject:

With the Referendum 71 signature-check now nearly complete, state election officials say they’ve now confirmed that sponsors turned in more than the bare minimum needed for a spot on the November statewide ballot. Signature-checkers passed the 121,000 mark on Monday, the 23rd day of an exhaustive hand check of all 137,000-plus signatures submitted on July 25 by foes of a new “everything but marriage” domestic partnership law passed by the Legislature in April.

In Washington, voters will either approve the new law (our side) or reject the new law (the hater side).

Don’t forget, our side, through Washington Families Standing Together, filed a lawsuit challenging some of the petitions and signatures:

WAFST’s lawsuit lays out the problems with the signatures and signature collection. The group “seeks an order declaring that the petitions and signatures submitted in violation of Washington law cannot be included in the count toward placing Referendum 71 on the ballot.”

That doesn’t seem like to much to ask, especially when the voters are going to have a chance to vote on basic rights.


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