December 3, 2012 at 5:00 AM
Eastside suburbs joined Seattle in strong approval of gay marriage referendum
Support for Washington’s historic measure legalizing gay marriage was strongest in Seattle, but carried across Lake Washington throughout most of the Eastside suburbs.
A Seattle Times analysis of precinct vote totals shows intense support inside the city of Seattle – with approval of Referendum 74 reaching a high mark of 94 percent in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. In all, 82 percent of Seattle voters said yes to equal marriage rights for same-sex couples. (Click map at left to view full-size version.)
That strong endorsement wasn’t confined to Seattle — Ref. 74 also drew more than 60 percent support across Eastside cities including Bellevue, Sammamish, Woodinville and Redmond. In all, 20 King County cities had 60 percent or higher approval.
The local opposition was strongest in southeast King County, where five cities had a majority voting no — narrowly in Federal Way and Auburn, with somewhat larger opposition in Pacific, Black Diamond and Enumclaw.
Statewide, Ref. 74 won 53.7 percent to 46.3 percent, carrying ten of the state’s 39 counties.
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