As homophobic activists announce they have gathered enough signatures to put the marriage rights of a minority group up for a vote by the majority in Washington, the gay and gay-friendly blogosphere has launched a moneybomb to raise money for those fighting for love in the state.
Organizers of the moneybomb write:
"As you may know, Washington State passed a marriage bill through the legislature earlier this year. Anti-gay forces like NOM and Focus on the Family paid signature gatherers to collect just enough signatures to likely qualify Referendum 74 for the ballot in Washington State this November.
"Now NOM's seemingly bottomless pot of money from unknown sources threatens Washington's marriage bill. Please contribute today to Washington United for Marriage so they can wage a campaign to approve Referendum 74 to preserve the marriage bill."
As for those signatures, Seattle's King5 reports:
Joseph Backholm, with Preserve Marriage Washington, said Monday the campaign will turn the signatures in to the secretary of state’s office at 10 a.m. Wednesday. The campaign says it will submit more than 225,000 signatures, well over the number needed to qualify the measure for the November ballot.
The referendum seeks to overturn the measure allowing same-sex marriage in the state that was passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Chris Gregoire earlier this year. The new law takes effect Thursday unless opponents turn in enough signatures.
If homophobic activists turn in 120,577 signatures tonight, Washington voters will officially decide the fate of marriage equality in their state.