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R-71 Backers: No Marriage Push in 2010


Supporters of Referendum 71, the successful Washington state ballot measure that approved the law giving expanded domestic-partnership rights to same-sex couples, say they have no plans to push the issue of same-sex marriage in 2010.

Avenues where they could attempt to advance marriage equality include the legislature, the ballot, or the courtroom, but none of those options appears likely to be pursued next year, according to The Herald of Everett, Wash.

Joshua Friedes, manager of the Approve R-71 campaign, echoed the sentiments of many when he told TheHerald that more time is needed.

"I think we have to be engaged in a prolonged conversation with the people of Washington before we can achieve marriage equality," Friedes said. "I think 2010 is too soon."

Although votes are still being counted, Referendum 71 officially passed on Thursday and by Friday was leading by 52% to 48%, according to TheHerald. It marked the first time same-sex relationship rights were affirmed by popular vote.

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