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Test Your Friends: Do They Know To Vote “APPROVED” On Referendum 74?

To keep Washington state’s freedom to marry law on the books, voters must vote “Approved” on Referendum 74 this November.  But a recent poll found that 11% of pro-equality voters would have mistakenly voted against equality.

The pollster determined this by asking the two following questions:

1) Referendum 74 concerns same-sex marriage.  The ballot title reads as follows:
The legislature passed Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 6239 concerning marriage for same-sex couples, modified domestic-partnership law, and religious freedom, and voters have filed a sufficient referendum petition on this bill.

This bill would allow same-sex couples to marry, preserve domestic partnerships only for seniors, and preserve the right of clergy or religious organizations to refuse to perform, recognize, or accommodate any marriage ceremony.

Should this bill be: Approved…Rejected

2) Just to clarify, are you voting in favor of same-sex marriage, or opposed to same-sex marriage?

Only 7% of marriage equality opponents made the reverse mistake.

Correctly voting “Approved” on Referendum 74 is now more important than ever since Dominic Holden found that anti-gay forces have purchased $1.5 million in t.v. time to air their commercials in the weeks preceding the election. Rest assured, they will be doing their best to confuse pro-equality voters.

Talk to your friends and family and be sure that you know that they know to vote “Approved” on Referendum 74.  Let’s not lose our hard-won civil rights to voter error.

Related: Support for Marriage Equality Strengthens in Washington State, But Are We “There” Yet?

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