Looking for 120,577 Assholes

Perhaps Bruno can help collect signatures
Now that the Governor has signed the state's new domestic partnership law, Attorney General Rob McKenna confirmed that same-sex civil union opponents have submitted the paperwork to make the law subject to a popular vote. The driving force behind the referendum is Protect Marriage Washington, a Political Action Committee whose endorsers include such stalwarts as Ken Hutcherson, Washington Opposed to Pro-Homosexual Policies, and Council 1379 of the Knights of Columbus. Yet to commit are Miss California, Marion Barry, the ghost of Jerry Falwell (which has been busy reuniting with the ghost of his mother), and the Supreme Ayatollah of Iran.

Referendum 71 (pdf) reads:

This bill would expand the rights, responsibilities, and obligations accorded state-registered same-sex and senior domestic partners to be equivalent to those of married spouses, except that a domestic partnership is not a marriage.

Of course, it's worth noting that the rights, tax implications, etc. are pretty limited because the federal government isn't recognizing the marriages. To make the ballot, the referendum will need 120,577 signatures by July 25th. The last time gay rights opponents tried to repeal a gay rights measure, they failed badly--and blamed it on Tim Eyman.

Meanwhile, in a commendable but unnecessary show of force, Equal Rights Washington is collecting "decline to sign" signatures from those who will refuse to lend their John Hancock to the repeal. Thus far, they say, they have 15,000.

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