New poll! According to internal polling released yesterday by the Approve R-71 (the pro-gay side), they're up 51-45. That's a whole lot closer than earlier polling that suggested domestic partnerships were favored 66-33. The Seattle P-I speculated that the discrepancy is caused by the fact that the more recent polling screened for likely voters, which, in off-off-year elections (like Nov. 2009), is a smaller, more conservative pool. A big part of this election is going to come down to voter turnout, so if you live in Washington make sure everyone you know votes. Volunteer to take their mail-in ballots to the post office yourself if you have to.
I've heard of perpetual adolescents, but this is ridiculous. The homophobes aren't even being subtle about the fact that they base their politics on returning America to an Eisenhower Era that exists only in their fantasies:
Lurleen at PHB goes through why even the Nelsons aren't a good example of a "traditional family" that the homophobes in Washington want to promote, but that should be beside the point. They are literally saying that they want everyone to live their lives like a TV show. Small children usually the ones with a problem telling the difference between reality and fantasy, but these folks, who I'm assuming are adults, are holding up a TV show as a model around which family law should be constructed.
It's almost as insane as basing US foreign policy 24, which, last year, all the Republican presidential candidates were discussing as if it were anything besides a joke.
We'll take our judicial victories where we can, TYVM. The attorney general will appeal an federal trial judge's decision to keep the names of people who signed petitions to get R-71 on the ballot secret; he just got granted an expedited appeal in the 9th Circuit. The judge ruled that Washington's open government laws violated their free speech rights since those mean, nasty gays might send people sternly-worded postcards for signing that petition.
It makes sense to keep this matter of public law public, considering how many of those signatures that eventually got accepted were suspect. People have a right to see what the attorney general approved, and just how far he bent the law to side with the homophobes. Whether or not that changes anything in the end will have to be seen.
Here's your liberal media. The homophobes are selling their side as the "live and let live" side of the ballot initiative, and the media is photo-copying the meme like it's Bush claiming Saddam has WMD's:
Hate goes both ways, it seems. Just check Larry Stickney's inbox. "You should be denied employment, housing and all other rights because you are BIGOTS!!!!" reads an e-mail sent to Stickney, director of Protect Marriage Washington. "I hope there is a special place in hell for all of you to burn. You better hope I never see any of you in person, or you will be very sorry."
Stickney is leading the charge to undo the recently passed "everything but marriage" domestic-partnership legislation. As he sees it, discrimination against gay people doesn't happen in our society. It's they who are launching a full-out attack on him, his family and his values.
Whether R-71 is approved or not, registered domestic partners will not be legally married. But stakes are nonetheless high for both sides.
On the "Reject 71" side, Stickney worries he and his supporters will be harassed. Knowthyneighbor.com, for example, is a Website that publishes the names of petition-signers -- public documents under Washington state law.
Protect Marriage Washington filed litigation against the Secretary of State to prevent the signatures from being publicized. "Why would anybody want to sign a petition if they know they're going to incur the wrath of people who are going to put their name online in a searchable form?" says Stickney.
Stickney says he's had to campaign differently than he ever has before to protect his family and volunteers.
"My question is, why doesn't the homosexual community just back off? You know, live their lives," he says.
If Larry Stuckney starts singing "We shall overcome," I think I'll die a little inside.