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August 16, 2012 at 6:45 AM

Free Speech, Free Enterprise, and Chick-Fil-A

After Chick-Fil-A President and COO voiced his views on marriage, conservatives and liberals across the nation reacted with strong opinions. But whether you agree or disagree, the larger issue here is free speech.

Chick-Fil-A

Chick-Fil-A promotion, image courtesy the company

SEATTLE — With the Washington State primary behind us, the countdown towards Election Day begins in earnest, accompanied by a requisite increase in heated rhetoric and spin. Here, as well as in Maryland, Maine and Minnesota, voters will weigh in on same-sex marriage at the ballot box. It seems like everyone from President Obama to my mother-in-law are thinking about this issue.

Exhibit A: last month’s announcement by Dan Cathy, President and Chief Operating Officer of Chick-Fil-A, which made headlines as far away as South Korea.

Let’s revisit his words and discuss them for a minute.

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August 1, 2012 at 8:12 AM

Pew: Democrats and Independents support gay marriage

Pew - July gay marriage poll

Summary of Pew Research July poll

Gay marriage may be the litmus test for the 2012 election cycle. It’s certainly shaping up that way for a lot of Democrats.

Two-thirds of self-identified Democrats and half the independents polled by the Pew Forum on Religion and Life last month support gay marriage.

And although only 24 percent of Republicans share this attitude today, even the GOP shows a steady growth in support over time.

Key to the change in attitude appears to be a change in how society views homosexuality in general.

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July 23, 2012 at 6:45 AM

Many Orcas Islanders celebrate their independence by cheering for those rooting for Referendum 74

The Orcas LGBT community for the first time publicly joined the Island’s July 4th Community Parade to show their support for approving Referendum 74 in November.

Orcas Island 4th of July Celebration

Orcas Islanders show their support for approving Referendum 74. (Photo by Mia Kartiganer/UW Election Eye)

EASTSOUND, Wash. — There are few images more quintessentially American than the Fourth of July in a small town.

Children and their grandparents lining the parade route. Hawkers at the Saturday Farmers’ Market. Music playing at the bandshell on the village green. It all came to life again this summer in wonderful, historic rhythm on Orcas Island.

Yet for some residents, this year’s parade held a deeper meaning.

For the first time, members of the Orcas Island Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender (LGBT) community joined friends and allies marching in support of Referendum 74 which, if approved, would allow same-sex couples in Washington state to marry.

The island’s LGBT community is diverse — teachers, public servants, and local business owners. Their participation in the parade was a public show of support for “marriage equality,” a term favored by many political progressives.

Orcas residents Ken Conant and Jim Sankey led the delegation in their 1948 Jeep Willy’s Roadster.

“Jim and I were legally married in California, but we are denied a very basic right here in our home state,” Conant said. “Referendum 74 is about equality for all couples.”

However, there is more to this story than support for approving R-74.

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April 8, 2012 at 7:00 AM

Proponents of Referendum 74, on same-sex marriage, looking to impact law AND the governor’s race

In the state’s gubernatorial contest this year, it’s not just about who is on the ballot. Perhaps just as important is what else may be on the ballot.

A voter in Mt. Vernon, Wash., signs a petition during February's GOP caucus (Photo by Alex Stonehill / UW Election Eye).

Case in point: Referendum 74.

R-74 is being pursued by Preserve Marriage Washington to block Senate Bill No. 6329, which legalizes same-sex marriage. This bill passed the state legislature in February, was signed by Gov. Christine Gregoire, and is scheduled to go into effect June 7, but would be delayed if enough signatures are gathered to put R-74 on the November ballot. If R-74 makes the ballot, the outcome of its vote would determine the law’s fate.

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April 8, 2012 at 7:00 AM

Proponents of Referendum 74, on same-sex marriage, looking to impact law AND the governor's race

In the state’s gubernatorial contest this year, it’s not just about who is on the ballot. Perhaps just as important is what else may be on the ballot.

A voter in Mt. Vernon, Wash., signs a petition during February's GOP caucus (Photo by Alex Stonehill / UW Election Eye).

Case in point: Referendum 74.

R-74 is being pursued by Preserve Marriage Washington to block Senate Bill No. 6329, which legalizes same-sex marriage. This bill passed the state legislature in February, was signed by Gov. Christine Gregoire, and is scheduled to go into effect June 7, but would be delayed if enough signatures are gathered to put R-74 on the November ballot. If R-74 makes the ballot, the outcome of its vote would determine the law’s fate.

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