My neighbor walked into the coffee shop this morning—a working mom, has a wonderful kid, thriving career, acres of smarts, and enthusiastic support for gay marriage—and proudly informed me she was prepared to reject Referendum 74. Which seems like it makes sense. Anti-gay Preserve Marriage Washington is trying to place R-74 on the ballot to repeal Washington State's marriage law, so naturally a person like my neighbor thinks that she wants to reject whatever they're doing. But she doesn't. She wants to approve R-74.
Here's a quick reminder on the way a referendum works: It simply puts on hold a law passed by the legislature and places that same exact law before voters. A vote to approve the referendum makes the law pass; a vote to reject the marriage law means that marriage equality fails.
This morning at 10:00 a.m., Preserve Marriage Washington turned in over 225,000 signature (apparently more than required to qualify for the ballot), so it looks like like voters will decide the fate of marriage equality in November. And they can uphold marriage equality by approving Referendum 74.