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Same-Sex Marriage in Washington

[ 9 ] February 13, 2012 |

It’s official. Should the expected referendum ensure, hopefully this time the “put fundamental rights up for a plebiscite” strategy will fail as well.

Meanwhile, in the competition for the very dumbest SSM opponent in Washington, I think I have to vote for Hargrove.

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  • efgoldman

    Won’t the existing district and appeals court decisions stay any referendum? Isn’t WA in the 9th district?

    • John Costello

      I’m no constitutional lawyer, but as long as nobody has actually been issued a marriage license, the 9th Circuit’s decision doesn’t apply. And they wrote the bill in such a way to allow for the collection of signatures to overturn it before it comes into effect.

      • MAJeff

        It wasn’t that they wrote the bill to allow for that, it’s part of WA law already. Same thing happened in 09 with the domestic partnership law.

    • Honorable Bob

      Won’t the existing district and appeals court decisions stay any referendum?

      This commenter understands and knows that homo-marriage has failed every time the people have had an actual voice. He’s already anticipating the probable.

      • Left_Wing_Fox

        The voice is the people! No wait, the voice is the judges! Dammit, isn’t there any dominant group of bigots left?

  • Spokane Moderate

    Meanwhile, in the competition for the very dumbest SSM opponent in Washington, I think I have to vote for Hargrove.

    That’s a tough competition. I’m not sure which is worse, Hargrove’s sincere belief that “a Super Bowl ad told me all I need to know about same-sex marriage” was an argument worth repeating aloud or the passion displayed by Shea in his “Ahh, but the tulips, that’s… that’s where I had them. They laughed at me and made jokes but I proved beyond the shadow of a doubt and with… geometric logic… that those goddamn tulips don’t belong at lesbian weddings!”

    I’m leaning toward Shea, but… wow.

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  • The Shaggy DA

    I had to vote for Shea. “My family suffered from shameful discrimination in the old country, and that’s why we have to protect people’s right to discriminate” is sheer genius.

  • jon

    I hope it passes. Then all those top, conservative legislators can finally marry their bottom aides.