There is solid support for domestic partnerships in the general Washington population, but our support among likely voters in this off-year election is razor thin at 51%. So, we’re working to motivate our supporters to actually vote. That takes money.
With ballots hitting mailboxes October 16th, our campaign season is only 6 weeks long and hasn’t given us the lead time necessary to raise adequate funds before a major donor ban goes into effect on Oct 12. After that date, no donor can contribute more than $5,000 cumulative.
Our opposition hasn’t been doing any serious fundraising in the past several weeks, confounding our ability to show our need to our supporters. We suspect that the opposition can do this and are doing this deliberately because they have a big benefactor who will dump big money and/or services into the state for them around the time the major donor ban goes into effect. This of course would undercut our ability to match their effort later in the campaign. The opposition campaign includes local affiliates of Focus on the Family, Family Research Council and Alliance Defense Fund.
Here’s how you can double your pleasure, double our fun: a set of donors from Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Employees at Microsoft (GLEAM), acting as individuals, have pledged to match each dollar of your donations over the next week, up to $10,000. Please help make sure all Washington families are equal: Donate to the Approve Referendum 71 campaign.
Thank you from your blogger buddy and the other 12,201 straight senior citizen and LGBT domestic partners in Washington! We can win this!p.s. If the radical-right manages to roll back DPs in WA, this may embolden them to engage on a new front: DPs and CUs in semi-equality-tolerant states. Yuck. See atdnext’s related dairy.