Washington voters giving high marks to marriage equality in recent poll
In approximately a month, voters in Washington will decide if gay marriage should be upheld in their state. According to a recent poll, marriage rights have a comfortable margin.
The new SurveyUSA poll, done for a Washington television news program, shows the gay marriage ballot measure is leading 56 to 40 percent. Six percent of residents are undecided.
On Feb. 13, Gov. Christine Gregoire signed a marriage equality bill. The legislation was introduced a month earlier and passed both houses of the legislature. The law was to be official in early June, but anti-same sex marriage advocates submitted 247,331 signatures of registered Washington voters, far more than the required 120,577, to put the act to a state wide vote. The ballot is called Referendum 74.
The Northwestern state is well known for its gay rights history. According to Lambda Legal, a civil rights legal organization, private and public employees have protections for sexual orientation and gender identity.
Gay marriage is also on the ballot in the states Maryland and Maine. In Minnesota there is a referendum seeking to define marriage between one man and one woman.
While LGBT couples can marry in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Iowa, New Hampshire, Vermont, and the District of Columbia, marriage equality has never been approved at the voting booth.