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Washington state wingers try to scare court on marriage ruling

Religious group: Gay marriage vote will haunt officials. (The Olympian): What a bunch of low-life bible beaters there are up there in Washington state – they take a little poll and flail it about in hopes that it will scare the State Supreme Court into ruling against marriage rights for gays, and jeopardized re-election for any elected Dems that support that ruling. I hope this backfires on the Faith and Freedom Network.

The poll specifically asked residents if they were more likely to vote against justices who vote to overturn the state law that defines marriage as a heterosexuals-only institution – a case the court is expected to rule on at any time.

More than half (54 percent) of the 405 people polled said they would be less likely to vote for a justice who overturned the heterosexuals-only marriage law.


I think a person who is thinking about it would realize there is a political consequence to it,” said Joseph B. Fuiten, chairman of the Faith and Freedom Network, which paid The Elway Poll to conduct the survey in late December. The group was “just making the observation,” Fuiten said, when asked if the network was warning justices and Democrats to oppose gay marriage.

The Faith and Freedom Network believes being gay is a choice, and allowing gays to marry would damage society by diluting one of its oldest traditions, he said.

According to the group’s poll, 55 percent of residents oppose gay marriage and 35 percent favor it, with the rest undecided. The poll had a margin of error of 5 percentage points.

Thankfully, at least one judge isn’t intimidated by this billy club approach by the local AmTaliban.

Chief Justice Gerry Alexander, who announced his bid for re-election Wednesday, said he had not seen the poll, but it would not be the first lobbying effort aimed at the court. “People try to do that all the time. It’s a democracy, and people can say anything they want,” he said. “We make decisions in the case based on the facts of the case.”

Alexander said he expects the court to rule on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act during the legislative session that ends in early March.

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