LYNNWOOD, Wash. – Washington voters are leaning in favor of allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry. But neither side of the hard fought referendum campaign is ready to claim victory or concede defeat yet. The current vote totals on Referendum 74 have 52 percent in favor to 48 percent against.
A large crowd of same-sex marriage supporters started dancing in the streets of Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood when their campaign pulled into the lead.
Meanwhile, the anti-gay marriage election party turned more subdued as the night wore on. Preserve Marriage Washington chairman Joseph Backholm contends the outcome could still change since there are more than one million ballots left to count statewide.
“We don’t know who voted early and who voted late and sometimes there are trends there. With the current margin, it would not be responsible probably for anybody to feel too defeated or too excited about this,” Backholm said.
Backholm expects the results to become clearer by Thursday or Friday. If the current trend holds, same sex couples could apply for marriage licenses starting December 6th and walk down the aisle as early as December 9th.
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OPB | Feb. 22, 2017