Friday, March 20, 2009

Two Thousand Four Hundred "Stand Up For Marriage"--- in the Rain

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Mid-week, in the rain, according to the Washington State Patrol, there were at least 2400 on the steps of the Capitol yesterday---standing up for marriage.

Thank you.

It was great to meet so many of you I have not met before.

We have put a few pictures from the event on the website today. Our video crew is getting their A and B rolls together and we will be putting up video as soon as it is available. Click here to view photos.

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I left the rally with some very strong impressions and a good sense of direction.

In the speech I gave, my commitment to move forward with a referendum or whatever action is appropriate depending on what exactly the Legislators do with the "every thing but marriage" legislation they have introduced, was met with thunderous applause and cheers.

That is encouraging.

Faith and Freedom and Washington Values has committed ourselves to move forward on behalf of defending marriage. It is vitally important that we build and expand the grassroots network. If you signed up at the rally, your name will be added to the list and you will begin receiving regular communication. If you know those who should join us, please encourage them to subscribe to our daily blog and commentary. This is how we will continue to communicate as we move forward.

A good number of Senators and Representatives do support marriage. Many of them were present yesterday and several of them spoke. Senators Swecker, Stevens, Roach and others participated. We are grateful for their service and stand on these important issues.

Representatives Matt Shea and Shelly Short, who were elected to office in this past election with your help, spoke strongly in support of marriage. They are both talented people of character.

There are more such people around the State of Washington who could also be elected.

Not only must we address the marriage issue, and be abundantly assured we will, but we must also take a longer view and work to change the character of the Legislature. You have already begun that process with these and other high quality people as examples of what can happen when people of like mind do something together.

This rally was further evidence of that, with a number of organizations coming together.

We will keep you informed as we move forward.

Thank you for your support.

Gary Randall
Faith & Freedom

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