Gay Rights Measures on the Ballot in Three States

The Associated Press
September 27, 2009
Voters in Maine, Washington and Michigan will weigh in this fall on whether to protect or reverse three LGBT-inclusive laws: an inclusive non-discrimination ordinance in Kalamazoo, Mich., domestic partnership protections in Washington, and marriage equality in Maine. [Link]

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Approval of Washington State Referendum 71 Expanding Domestic Partnership Rights Attracts Broad Comm

The Seattle Times
September 24, 2009
Approval of Referendum 71 has been endorsed by the region's largest employers, civic groups, a spectrum of religious organizations, business and professional associations, labor unions and good-government groups. All are drawn to the equal treatment for families at the heart of R-71, which will be on the November ballot. [Link]

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Seattle Mayoral Candidate Joe Mallahan Urges Support for R-71 Expanded Domestic Partnership Measure

Seattle Post Globe
September 24, 2009
Seattle mayoral candidate and T-Mobile executive, Joe Mallahan—who took some heat during the primaries over T-Mobile’s low ranking by a gay rights organization - emailed supporters Thursday morning urging Seattle voters to approve Referendum 71, which would expand domestic partnership benefits to same-sex couples. [Link]

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Court Schedules Hearing for Washington State R-71 Disclosure Case

The Associated Press
September 22, 2009
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has granted a request for a fast-track appeal on whether signed petitions used to place Washington State's anti-domestic partnership rights Referendum 71 on the ballot should be made public. A hearing is scheduled for Oct. 14 in Pasadena, Calif. [Link]

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Video: Washington State Referendum 71 Ad to Turn Out Vote and Retain Domestic Partnership Expanded R

YouTube
September 19, 2009
Referendum 71 must be approved by voters so all Washington families are treated equally under the law, and so that we can keep the domestic partnership law. Young voters tend not to vote in off year elections. WE NEED YOU TO VOTE! [Link]



Link here for more information and to pledge to vote!

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Seattle Police Union Supporting Expanded Domestic Partner Rights

Seattle Post-Intelligencer
September 15, 2009
The Seattle Police Officer's Guild is the latest group to voice its support for Washington State's Referendum 71. The Guild's president said they "are proud to join the coalition and hope other law enforcement organizations around the state will join us in support for this referendum." [Link]

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OP-ED: Mark ‘Approved’ to Support the R-71 Domestic-Partnership Bill in Wash. State

Seattle Times
September 14, 2009
The Seattle Times editorial board "strongly recommends Referendum 71" and says "the law at the heart of R-71 is about fundamental fairness for Washington families. Of course it should be approved." [Link]

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Large Employers Back Expanded Domestic Partnership Benefits in Wash. State

The Seattle Times
September 14, 2009
In a joint statement, The Boeing Company, Nike, Microsoft Corp., Puget Sound Energy, RealNetworks and Vulcan Inc. expressed support for Referendum 71, which seeks to expand domestic partnership rights in Washington State. Included in the statement:
The law recognizes that, regardless of their sexual orientation, people may enter into partnerships and create family units that deserve respect and equal treatment. We embrace everyone's fundamental right to be judged on their merits and contributions rather than factors such as their sexual orientation. [Link]

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Washington State Joins List of States Divided Over Rights for Gay Couples

The New York Times
September 12, 2009
As Washington State voters prepare to take up Referendum 71, which will either affirm or reject a recently passed expanded domestic partnership rights law, the debate over whether the identities of those who signed the petitions putting the measure on the ballot should be revealed is taking center stage. [Link]

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Wash. State Judge Shields Petition Signers for Anti-Equality Referendum

The Associated Press
September 9, 2009
A federal judge on Thursday ordered the state of Washington to keep shielding the identities of people who signed petitions to force a vote on expanded benefits for domestic partners. [Link]

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