Same sex marriage battle heats up in Wash.

Same sex marriage battle heats up in Wash.

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by Tim Gordon, KGW Staff

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Posted on October 16, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 16 at 9:49 AM

VANCOUVER – The campaigns for and against Washington’s Referendum 74 are gearing up for a final push to attract voters in the same sex marriage battle.

If passed on November 6th, R-74 would approve a bill the state legislature agreed on and the governor signed last February. Both campaigns are beginning to run television advertisements in the state in the final weeks before election day.

Jill Nelson is supporting Referendum 74. She says she wants the same legal rights as heterosexual couples for her family, which include a female partner and a daughter.

“Right now it’s a priority for me to invest not just my money but my time so you know I’m signing up for the phone banks and trying to fit in a canvassing-- doing that and trying not to miss my daughter’s soccer games because you know we’re a family,” said Nelson.

The campaign opposing R-74 did not return calls for this story, but Preserve Marriage Washington is hitting the airwaves with its message.

It argues same sex couples will not receive legal rights under R-74 that are not already afforded by Washington’s “everything but marriage” law, but the referendum will redefine marriage for all society.

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