Backers of Expanded Domestic Partnerships Won’t Appeal Public Vote on Gay Benefits

The Associated Press
September 9, 2009
Washington Families Standing Together announced Wednesday that it will not appeal to the Washington Supreme Court to block placement of Referendum 71 on the November ballot. WFST Chairwoman Anne Levinson said the group has to prepare for the election “without the distraction of an ongoing legal debate.” [Link]

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Washington State Judge Rejects Challenge to Vote on Expanded Domestic Partner Benefits

The Associated Press
September 8, 2009
A Wash. state judge on Tuesday rejected a lawsuit filed by pro-LGBT Washington Families Standing Together to block Referendum 71 from the Nov. ballot. The lawsuit claimed Secretary of State Sam Reed improperly accepted thousands of petition signatures. An appeal is considered likely. [Link]

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Heterosexual Seniors Lost in the Furor Over Domestic Partnership in Washington State

The Seattle Times
September 6, 2009
Straight seniors who are registered as domestic partners in Washington state are being largely forgotten in the debate over Referendum 71, which would repeal Wash.'s recently expanded domestic partnership law. The Washington Senior Citizen Lobby supports the domestic partnership rights expansion that passed this year and is working with Washington Families to win voter approval of the law in November. [Link]

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Wash. State Referendum Names Still Under Wraps As Judge Weighs Case

The Associated Press
September 4, 2009
Signed Referendum 71 petitions in Washington state, public records under state law, remain at the center of a case being heard by a federal judge who is weighing a request by anti-gay activists to bar public release of the names on the petitions. The referendum would put the expansion of domestic partnership rights on November's general election ballot.[Link]

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Poll Finds Growing Support for Marriage Equality or Expanded Domestic Partnership Rights in Washingt

The Seattle Times
September 2, 2009
The Washington Poll released a report Wednesday showing public support for marriage equality or domestic partnerships for gay couples in Washington state increased between 2006 and 2008. In 2008, 66 percent of registered voters said they supported marriage equality (36.7 percent) or full domestic partnerships (29.3 percent). [Link]

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Wash. State Domestic Partnership Referendum Barely Makes Ballot

The Associated Press
August 31, 2009
Washington state election officials announced Monday that Referendum 71 has qualified for the November ballot with 121,486 valid signatures -- less than 1,000 above the minimum required. Supporters of expanded domestic partnership rights are moving to temporarily block the referendum from the ballot, arguing that election officials have accepted thousands of invalid petition signatures. [Link]

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Washington State Foes of Expanded Domestic Partnership Rights Can’t Shield Donor IDs

The Associated Press
August 28, 2009
Campaign finance regulators in Washington state unanimously rejected a request by the anti-gay group Protect Marriage Washington to keep secret the names of political donors who financed a campaign opposing the state's expanded domestic partnership law. [Link]

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Supporters of Expanded Domestic Partnerships for Same-Sex Couples in Washington State Sue Over Refer

The Associated Press
August 27, 2009
LGBT equality group Washington Families Standing Together sued Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed on Thursday, alleging that Reed has accepted thousands of non-legitimate signatures submitted in support of a measure that would put the state's expanded domestic partnership law on the November ballot. [Link]

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Lawmaker: It looks like Washington State anti-gay rights measure will fail

Seattle Post Intelligencer
August 7, 2009
State Senator Ed Murray, D-Seattle, said in a statement: "The current rate of invalid signatures reported by the Secretary of State's office in the R-71 signature count gives me great hope that the referendum won't make the ballot." [Link]

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Signature error rate for anti-gay rights measure increasing in Washington State

Seattle Post Intelligencer
August 5, 2009
The Washington Secretary of State's office said Tuesday it had checked another 5,815 signatures for Referendum 71, rejecting 14.4 percent. R-71 seeks to overturn Washington's new domestic partnership law for same-sex couples. "The error rate was the highest of any seen during the first three days of scrutiny," said Dave Ammons, secretary of state spokesman. [Link]

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