Referendum language released, McKenna uses opposition language

Over at the Slog, Eli Sanders posted the language for the Referendum proposed by McKenna. The result: Not good.

Ballot Title
The legislature passed Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 6239 concerning marriage [and voters have filed a sufficient referendum petition on this bill.]

This bill would redefine marriage to allow same-sex couples to marry, modify existing domestic-partnership laws, allow clergy to refuse to solemnize or recognize marriages and religious organizations to refuse to accommodate marriage celebrations.

Should this bill be

___ Approved

___ Rejected

Ballot Measure Summary
The bill would redefine marriage to allow same-sex couples to marry, apply marriage eligibility requirements without regard to gender, and specify that laws using gender-specific terms like “husband” and “wife” include same-sex spouses. Clergy could refuse to solemnize or recognize any marriages. Religious organizations and religiously affiliated educational institutions could refuse to accommodate weddings. The measure would not affect licensing of religious organizations providing adoption, foster-care, or child-placement. Domestic partnerships for seniors would be preserved.

Notice the inclusion of “redefine marriage.” If this language sticks, it could be a victory for the anti-gay forces fighting marriage equality. Washington United For Marriage will have a chance to take this to Court to challenge the language, and we can only hope they manage to get this language stricken from the ballot measure.

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