Governor Gregoire is scheduled to sign SB 5688 today. Once signed the Referendum will need to be released by the Attorney General's office. There is a 5-day period wherein someone can contest some aspect of the referendum.
Thank you for the response to our survey. If you have not yet taken it, please do. We will be taking it down after today. At this point it is showing 86% in favor of the referendum and 14% opposed. Your responses and comments have been very helpful to this ministry.
Seattle Times: DOMA "On The Edge Of Becoming Irrelevant"
Rachel La Corte, with the Associated Press, said in an article that was carried in the Seattle Times yesterday, "Just 11 years ago, Washington State lawmakers barred same-sex marriage with the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). This week that law is on the edge of becoming irrelevant."
Indeed it is.
We have been saying this since SB 5688 was introduced earlier this year.
Senator Ed Murray, a sponsor of the bill, told the Times that in fact this was an incremental step to marriage. He told the Times that the incremental approach has been their strategic plan.
He said, "I believe DOMA won't long be the law of the state."
Here's why he believes that.
Murray says the conversations about homosexual marriage, "are changing the hearts and minds around the state."
This Referendum will be the tipping point.
Some are suggesting we should wait and fight it another day. When conditions are more favorable. They are mistaken. There will never be a "favorable" time to address this issue, but there will be a time when it is too late.
It has been publicly declared that those of us who support the referendum are making a "dumb " decision and have no chance to win. Political calculations and economic considerations may point some that direction, however many of us do not see this as a political issue. It is a spiritual one.
Murray and those who are advancing the redefining of marriage are doing so on the emotion of fairness, benefits and equality, however the institution of marriage is by its very nature only about the unique relationship between a man and a woman. (See Friday's blog.)
This is a watershed issue and moment for the future.
I cannot overstate the importance of your support in the coming days. Thank you for stepping up and standing with those of us who believe this is the right thing to do.
We will need a good amount of money to print the petitions, in that we are required to print the entire bill on each petition---and it is an extensive bill and very lengthy.
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God bless you.
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