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Issues That Matter: Marriage Laws
Be an Informed Voter on Referendum 74
Before you vote, hear the pros and cons from this panel discussion on the hot topic of R-74, the referendum that will ratify or reject Senate Bill 6239, which passed the Legislature this year and would allow same-sex couples to marry in Washington.

Panelists include representatives from:

Preserve Marriage Washington
Washington United for Marriage
Black Box Theatre
Edmonds Community College
Southwest corner of campus in Mukilteo Hall (directions)
Tuesday, Sept. 25
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Oak Harbor Library
Meeting Room HH137
Thursday, Sept. 27
7:00 – 8:30 pm

Free parking; no permit needed at either location.

Audience members will have the opportunity to submit questions through a moderator. Free and open to the public. Funded by the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation.

Sno-Isle Libraries and the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation are neutral on the topics covered in Issues That Matter programs. We are committed to giving the public an opportunity to make informed decisions about important issues by providing this forum, along with a wide range of information resources reflecting a variety of viewpoints.

The 2012 Legislature passed ESSB 6239 concerning marriage for same-sex couples, modified domestic-partnership law, and religious freedom. On February 13, 2012, Joseph Backholm filed a referendum measure to refer this legislation to the 2012 General Election ballot. The referendum qualified for the 2012 General Election ballot, where the voters of Washington will have the opportunity to “approve” or “reject” the legislation. Read more at sos.wa.gov/elections/R74FAQ.aspx
Research Databases*

*Research Databases require a Sno-Isle Libraries card for users not accessing from a Sno-Isle Libraries public computer.
Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Point-of-view articles, topic overviews, statistics, primary documents, and full-text magazine and newspaper articles on current events and issues of controversy. Content is aligned with WA State Curriculum standards for middle and high school, check ‘Curriculum Standards' within resource for further details.

Points of View Reference Center
Full-text essays that present multiple sides of a current issue, each with an overview (objective background/description), point (argument), counterpoint (opposing argument), and Critical Thinking Guide.


Selected links to 3rd party websites.
Preserve Marriage Washingon
The mission of Preserve Marriage Washington is to preserve marriage as the union between one man and one woman on November 6. The coalition advocates that voters reject redefining marriage, because marriage is a unique institution that is profoundly in the common good. Preserve Marriage Washington seeks to reach voters through strategic communications and comprehensive grassroots organizing.

Washington Secretary of State R-74 FAQ
Information about the petitions, signatures, and certification of the referendum.

Washington United for Marriage
Washington United for Marriage is a coalition of organizations, congregations, unions, and businesses working together to defend civil marriage for loving, committed same-sex couples. We believe marriage and family are about love and commitment, working together, bettering the community, raising children, and growing old together. We believe in a Washington that supports strong families and values freedom and equality. And we believe that marriage matters.

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