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President Obama Supports Referendum 74 on Gay Marriage

The latest Elway Poll shows a close race, with 49 percent of voters supporting the gay marriage referendum and 45 percent opposing it.

President Obama gave his backing Thursday to Referendum 74, the measure to approve gay marriage in Washington state.

"While the president does not weigh in on every single ballot measure in every state, the president believes in treating everyone fairly and equally, with dignity and respect,” according to a statement from an Obama campaign spokesman. “Washington's same-sex marriage law would treat all Washington couples equally, and that is why the President supports a vote to approve Referendum 74."

Washington is one of four states with a gay marriage measure on the Nov. 6 ballot. Here’s the text of those ballot measures.

”President Obama's support for marriage reflects what’s happening in Washington and across the country. As more people, and more voters, realize that only marriage fully protects and supports families, they move towards supporting marriage for same-sex couples and approving Referendum 74," Washington United for Marriage Campaign Manager Zach Silk said. “We’re now in the home stretch, mobilizing thousands of volunteers with the largest ground game in Washington ballot history. We feel momentum is on our side, and having the President weigh in on approving Referendum 74 puts an extra gust of wind in our sails.”

Meanwhile, a poll conducted by Seattle-based Elway Research released Oct. 24 shows it's a closer race than previous polls indicated.

Last month’s Elway Poll showed 51 percent of respondents would approve R-74 and 37 percent of respondents would reject the measure. The poll released Wednesday shows that 49 percent of respondents surveyed Oct. 18-21 would approve Referendum 74, while 45 percent would reject it. The new numbers indicate that the race is a statistical dead heat, because the margin of error is 4.5 percentage points. 

“This poll shows the progress our campaign has made in the past few weeks, having moved the numbers 10 points in our direction since the last Elway Poll,” said Frank Schubert, campaign manager for Preserve Marriage Washington, which urges voters to reject R-74. “This survey is bad news for supporters of Referendum 74 which would redefine marriage in Washington state. Our opponents have had the airwaves to themselves for months before our TV ads started only recently, and they’re outspending us by a margin of seven-to-one. Despite this, support for the referendum is dropping and opposition is rising rapidly.”

What do you think of the president’s support? How do you plan to vote on R-74? Tell us in the comments.


Don October 31, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Penny, huh, he doesn't communicate like you and you don't agree with his views? I don't see his post here. You censored him? Are you Democrat? Just wondering.
Christie Anderson October 31, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Don, it was the first comment in this thread, and even though I am a strong proponent of free speach, I thought his remarks were beyond the bounds of tastefulness....by the way, I am a Republican. I have no idea what Penny's political affiliation is.
PacNrthWst October 31, 2012 at 08:19 PM
What a pathetic political maneuver. So it started last May when Obam says that same sex couples should be able to get married. Now he is fully endorsing same sex marriage at the end of his term while campaigning. The only other possible thing he could do to show it is only for the votes is to grant amnesty for illegals.........wait a minute. Reject R-74.
Jeanne Gustafson October 31, 2012 at 09:06 PM
The comment is gone, either through community self-policing or dexterjibs himself thinking better of it. In either case, Don, I second Chris' assertion that it wasn't the political content of dexterjibs' comment that Penny was objecting to.
dorimonsonfan October 31, 2012 at 11:25 PM
The reality of the situation is that a few signs make zero difference as Bill Gates has already bought the result he sees fit for r-74.

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