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September 24, 2012 at 9:25 AM

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Ref. 74: Separate but equal does not work

That conclusion shaped the course of civil rights for all races in America, and the point is also being made with Referendum 74. Washington voters are asked to affirm the freedom to marry for all couples.

The campaign to approve R-74 on the November ballot received a financial and emotional boost at a jubilant luncheon Friday at the Washington Convention Center. A combination of star power and heart-felt oratory inspired the fundraiser organized by Washington United for Marriage and the Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest Washington PAC.

Cynthia Nixon, famously Miranda on “Sex and the City” spoke of her recent marriage to her longtime girlfriend Christine Marinoni, a native of Bainbridge Island. The couple is raising a family in New York City. Nixon is a well-known speaker on behalf of marriage equality and women’s health.

Nixon’s presence and comments in her talk were a reminder of the power of a personal connection with a cause. Nixon in another context from her Tony, Grammy and Emmy award winning persona.

The ability to denigrate and demonize the desire of gay couples to wed and raise families is much more difficult when there is a human face to rebut the slander. The gays are sons and daughters, father and mothers, aunt and uncles. Familiar, established, ordinary people who want to lead established, ordinary lives with those they love. They are indeed family.

Get ready for the wild ride of anti-R-74 advertising. The twists and turns ahead to make R-74 into an evil doer will be amazing.

For those supporting R-74, the path is much more basic. To paraphrase the discourse of “Sex and the City,” The response to “I love you,” is “Yeah, yeah, put it in writing.”

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