Referendum 74
6:21 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Gay Marriage Supporters Declare Victory

Supporters of same-sex marriage in Washington are celebrating victory today.

Zach Silk managed the campaign that's claiming a win on Referendum 74. He addressed a crowded room of supporters today near downtown Seattle.

“So, I have to ask, how’s it feel to make history?”

What a difference a day makes. 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 Senator Ed Murray joined in the victory announcement today.

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

The campaign to reject R74 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.

This election marks the first time in U.S. history that voters have said yes to marriage equality.

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