Activists ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ About Victory for Marriage Equality in Washington

Volunteers for the Approve 74 campaign to pass marriage equality in Washington at the Basic Rights Oregon Election Night Party at the Hilton Portland.
By Erin Rook, PQ Monthly

 

Marriage Equality in Washington

Washington United for Marriage is expressing cautious optimism about the anticipated outcome of Referendum 74. Though some are calling it a victory, the organization is still emphasizing that many ballots remain to be counted. As of this posting, the marriage equality measure was leading with 51.79 percent of the vote (48.21 percent opposed).

“We feel very good and we are cautiously optimistic,” WUM campaign manager Zach Silk said in a release last night.  “We’re at 65 percent in early King County returns and we’re out performing in Eastern Washington.  We’ll need patience, but the numbers are coming in the right way.  And with Maine and Maryland winning the freedom to marry, we believe we are poised to make history in Washington state. But there are still well over 400,000 ballots to be processed and we have to be patient.”

For up to the minute results, the Washington Secretary of State website has an app you can download here.

Celebrating an Anticipated Victory

The Portland Gay Men’s Chorus is also optimistic — so much so that it has planned a Post-Election Freedom To Marry Celebration for tonight, 7:30 p.m. at the First Congregational/United Church of Christ, 1220 NE 68th St., Vancouver.

The town hall style event will include remarks by Washington’s Speaker Pro Tempore Jim Moeller and Basic Rights Oregon Executive Director Jeana Frazzini, among others.

Building Momentum for the Freedom to Marry

Last night Frazzini offered and impassioned speech contextualizing the anticipated victories for marriage equality in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington while thanking BRO’s staff, volunteers, and supporters for their dedication to changing hearts and minds. Check it out.