President Obama endorses Washington's same-sex marriage effort

President Obama endorses Washington's same-sex marriage effort

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President Obama campaigning in Richmond, Va., on Oct. 25, 2012.

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on October 25, 2012 at 12:34 PM

President Obama supports R-74, the Washington state ballot referendum that would uphold the same-sex marriage law passed early this year by the state legislature.

An Obama campaign spokesperson issued the following statement on Thursday:

"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 to approve Referendum 74."

Washington United for Marriage, the pro R-74 organization, distributed the Obama news.

"We're now in the home stretch, mobilizing thousands of volunteers with the largest ground game in Washington ballot history.  We feel momentum is on our side, and having the President weigh in on approving Referendum 74 puts an extra gust of wind in our sails," said Zach Silk, the group's campaign director.

A recent KING 5 News poll showed that a slim majority of Washington voters support the measure. R-74 supporters have dominated the airwaves in Washington for much of the past two months, but opponents -- organized by Preserve Marriage Washington -- began airing ads a few weeks ago.

"In places where marriage has been redefined, people who believe in traditional marriage have faced lawsuits and lost their jobs.  The same thing will happen in Washington if R-74 is approved," said Preserve Marriage Washington's Chip White in a statement issued Oct. 23 about the group's new ad.

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