Elections | Politics | Oregon

Same-Sex Marrige Group Claims Victory In Wash.

KUOW | Nov. 7, 2012 5:21 p.m.

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Liz Jones

Supporters of same-sex marriage in Washington are claiming victory.

Zach Silk, who managed the winning campaign on Referendum 74, addressed a crowded room of supporters Wednesday near downtown Seattle: “So, I have to ask, how’s it feel to make history?” 

When Silk addressed supporters on election night, he was cautious about the results. He said the race was too close to call with voter approval at just 52 percent. Now, Silk says they’ve crunched the numbers and are confident the lead will hold.

State Sen. Ed Murray joined in the victory announcement today.

“The state said to us, you are no longer going to wake up and feel different,” Murray said. “You will be the same as everybody else. Your family will be treated the same as everybody else.”

The campaign to reject Referendum 74 has not conceded defeat. But one of its biggest backers is calling it a loss.

The National Organization for Marriage released a statement today expressing disappointment that Washington and three other states voted in favor of gay marriage.

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