Last Push for Marriage Equality in Washington State Led by New Group

Last Push for Marriage Equality in Washington State Led by New Group

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The Seattle Lesbian/Steph Brusig

On the afternoon of October 6, 2012 a group of local activists for lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual (LGBT) rights lined the streets and marched from Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill, down Pine Street and into the busy Saturday afternoon shopping day at Westlake Center.

Two rallies book-ended the march and speakers included Rep. Jamie Pedersen, Sen. Ed Murray, Ingersoll Center and National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s Marsha Botzer, Josh Friedes from Equal Rights Washington (ERW), George Bakan from Seattle Gay News (SGN), Sarah Toce from The Seattle Lesbian (TSL), Mac McGregor from the Seattle Human Rights Commission (SHRC), and a host of other notable guests.

The event was constructed and pulled off successfully by Social Outreach Seattle (SOSea), a new coalition born in Washington State to fight social inequalities pertaining to LGBT citizens of the Seattle as well as beyond.

Mainstream media attended the rally and march. KOMO News spoke to SOSea members to obtain more information about the push for marriage equality in Washington State.

“[This rally and march] is to bring about visibility and to show the community that we are here, have a voice and are ready to make some change here,” Sarah Toce, Co-Director of SOSea, said at the rally.

“I can’t even believe that we have to sit here and raise all this money to fight for something that should just be,” said R-74 supporter Ceasar Hart.

“It doesn’t matter if two women or two men want to get married – it’s none of anybody’s business,” agreed another R-74 supporter, Kelsey Ward.

Voters will be asked to either APPROVE Referendum 74 or DENY Referendum 74 this November. Proponents for marriage equality are asking voters to APPROVE. If approved, Washington State could become the first state to ever pass marriage equality legislation via popular vote. There are three other states also in it to win it this election: Minnesota, Maine and Maryland. Find out more about their marriage equality battles here: The Four 2012.

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