Moments ago, Washington United For Marriage declared that Referendum 74 has passed, making same-sex marriage legal in the state. From the group’s press release:
After crunching numbers throughout the night, Washington United for Marriage (WUM), the broad coalition which built an historic statewide campaign, from a record-setting donor base to an unprecedented GOTV effort, all to defend the freedom to marry, today announced that Referendum 74 will be approved by voters.
“This is a clear win,” said WUM campaign manager Zach Silk. “We have run the numbers every which way, and we can now confidently say that we have won. This is an historic day for Washington, an historic day for our country and, most of all, for families across the state who have dreamed of this day and the wedding celebrations to come.”
With 60 percent of the vote counted, R74 already has the support of 65% of King County and is performing well in key Eastern Washington counties. Simply put, it’s now impossible for opponents to overcome the 52-48% spread for R74.
Washington voters joined their counterparts in Maine and Maryland in passing marriage equality on Tuesday. Additionally, voters in Minnesota rejected a proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. These mark the first four times — after 32 defeats — that we’ve won popular votes on marriage, which will be now be legal in nine states and the District of Colombia.