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“Marriage is more than a commitment between adults. It was created for the care and well-being of the next generation,” says the first ad by the campaign seeking to bar gay and lesbian Washingtonians from civil marriage in Washington state.

Well here’s the thing: A significant number of same-sex couples in the Pacific states — over 20% — are raising children.

If civil marriage is all about the well-being of the next generation, then same-sex couples raising the next generation should be encouraged to marry, not singled out for discrimination in the law.

“It’s ironic to us that our opponents, who claim to oppose the freedom to marry on behalf of children and families, would actually seek to treat one set of children differently from another,” said Washington United for Marriage‘s campaign manager Zach Silk. “If they really cared about doing all that we can as a society to help kids succeed and thrive, then they should embrace marriage for those parents so that all families are treated equally and fairly.”

To keep Washington’s new bipartisan freedom to marry law on the books, voters must mark “Approved” for Referendum 74 on their Nov. 6 ballots. This is what the ballot will look like:

Ballot Title
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 [ ]

Laurel Ramseyer

Laurel Ramseyer

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