Washington United for Marriage is a group of organizations, congregations, unions, and businesses working together to defend civil marriage for loving, committed same-sex couples in Washington State.
On February 13, 2012, Governor Chris Gregoire signed a marriage equality bill into law making Washington the seventh U.S. state to allow same-sex marriage. Said Gregoire, “I’m proud our same-sex couples will no longer be treated as separate but equal,” praising the day as one “that historians will mark as a milestone for equal rights.”
Originally to go into effect on June 7, 2012, Referendum 74, an anti-gay marriage measure, has put the marriage equality bill on hold, and places Referendum 74 on the Washington state November 2012 ballot. If a majority chooses yes on the November ballot, the same-sex marriage law will go into effect on Dec. 6, 2012. If a majority votes to reject the measure, the law will fall.
Why Marriage Matters
Marriage means making a vow of love and commitment in front of friends, family and community. Marriage matters to all loving, committed couples because it means they are making a lifetime promise to build a life together and create a family.
Find out why marriage matters the third video of the ‘Why Marriage Matters‘ campaign. This touching clip features 24-year-old Pablo Monroy, a Navy veteran, telling his story of serving under DADT and then returning to civilian life and asking his partner to marry him.
So, Washingtonians, what can you do to defend marriage equality in Washington State? Here are the top 5 things, from Washington United for Marriage.
1. Pledge to approve Referendum 74 in November.
2. Volunteer with the campaign.
3. Fundraise for the campaign.
4. Start a conversation with your friends and colleagues about why you support marriage equality.
5. Share our campaign with your friends & family by liking us on Facebook or sending them to our website.
Find out more about Washington United for Marriage on their website.