|Coalition Files Referendum 71 to Protect Marriage and Children|
ARLINGTON, WA - May 5, 2009 - A coalition of faith based and conservative organizations and leaders filed a Referendum on May 4 to overturn Senate Bill 5688, a 110 page measure which includes the phrase "marriage shall apply equally to state registered domestic partnerships" 180 times.
SB 5688 was packaged and presented to the legislature as a Domestic Partnerships expansion of benefits. In truth, it will demolish the state's historical understanding and definition of marriage as that of uniting a man and a woman for life.
Washington State will immediately become subject to litigation by same-sex partners demanding that the courts overturn the Defense of Marriage Act and impose "same-sex marriage" (as happened recently in California prior to Proposition 8).
If "same-sex marriage" becomes legal in Washington, every public school will be forced to teach that same-sex relationships and marriage are perfectly normal. This will greatly harm our schools and drive an irreconcilable wedge between the public school curriculum and the values and moral code of hundreds of thousands of parents. Parents with deeply held convictions on this matter will have no choice but to remove their children.
Gary Randall, president of Faith and Freedom Network, has been asked to help lead the coalition and be the primary spokesman. Larry Stickney, president of the Washington Values Alliance, will organize the signature gathering effort to place the referendum on the November ballot.
The following organizations and individuals are actively endorsing the campaign and/or serving on the Steering Committee:
Washington Eagle Forum - Cindy Honcoop
Pastor Ken Hutcherson, Antioch Bible Church
Washington Values Alliance - Larry Stickney
Faith and Freedom Network - Gary Randall
Christian Coalition - Rick Forcier
YWAM & US Renewal - Ron Boehme
Facts for Freedom - Jim Galbraith
Washington Opposed to Pro-Homosexual Policies, Pastor Gary and Annetta Small
Concerned Citizens of Pierce County - Patty Burgess
The Reagan Wing
Senator Dan Swecker
Senator Val Stevens
Representative Matt Shea
Representative Jim McCune
Dr. Bruce Craswell
Dr. Bryant Adams
Stephen Pidgeon, Esquire, Decalogos International
Pastor Rick Long, Atonement Free Lutheran Church
Pastors Roy & Valerie Hartwell, Rivers of Glory Church
The organizations listed represent over 100,000 Washingtonians and can mobilize hundreds of campaign volunteers. The campaign team's newly formed PAC and website will be announced later this week.
To inform and educate Washingtonians on the issues that impact the well being of the traditional family and to coordinate and strengthen current advocacy efforts on behalf of families and allied organizations across the state.