Supporters of a gay-inclusive domestic
partnership law in Washington State say they will now focus on
campaigning for the law instead of appealing a failed effort to block
a vote on the law.
On Tuesday, the gay rights group
Washington Families Standing Together lost
its legal challenge against placing Referendum 71 – the
“everything but marriage law” – on the November ballot. The
group had argued that Secretary of State Sam Reed had accepted
thousands of invalid signatures.
It was the second defeat for the group,
which was also denied a motion last week in King County Superior
Count on a technicality.
Chairwoman Anne Levinson said
Wednesday that the group will now dedicate itself to passing
“WAFST must concentrate its energies
towards preserving the domestic partnership law enacted by the
Legislature and signed into law by the governor, without the
distraction of an ongoing legal debate …,” Levinson said in a
If passed, Referendum 71 would extend a
2007 domestic partnership law for a second time, granting gay and
lesbian couples all the remaining state-provided rights, benefits and
responsibilities of marriage.