Withhold signatures on Referendum 71

The Seattle Times
June 16, 2009
WASHINGTON voters have every good reason to ignore signature gatherers who seek to block an expansion of rights for registered domestic partners. The legislation, Senate Bill 5688, is fundamentally about gay and lesbian couples and their families living within the framework of the law, with all its practical realities and complexities. These are adults in committed relationships, raising children, running businesses and owning property. They have real estate, pensions and sick leave, and child-custody issues that are part of the work-a-day world. The measure Referendum 71 seeks to block will not be read by casual petition signers. That is a shame, because the innate fairness intended in the legislation is truly in the details. [Link]