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Politics Northwest

The Seattle Times political team explores national, state and local politics.

October 25, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Obama endorses yes vote on gay marriage in Washington state

President Obama is weighing in with support for Referendum 74, which would legalize gay marriage in Washington state.

Through a spokesman, the president urged voters to vote yes on the measure.

“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.  Washington’s same-sex marriage law would treat all Washington couples equally, and that is why the President supports a vote approving Referendum 74,” said Paul Bell, the Washington and Oregon press secretary for Obama For America.

The president earlier this year made clear his support for legalized gay marriage, but this is his first explicit endorsement of Ref. 74.

Washington is one of four states voting on gay marriage this November. In Maine and Maryland, like Washington, voters will be asked to approve or reject gay marriage, while in Minnesota they’ll decide whether to amend the state constitution to ban it.

 

 

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