October 5, 2012
- Rick Santorum is scheduled to host fundraisers to raise money against R74, the Washington State referendum on marriage equality in November. Washington United for Marriage is asking opponents of marriage equality to rescind the invitation, given Santorum’s virulently anti-gay rhetoric. Via press release:
Noting that Rick Santorum has built his profile largely by degrading and insulting gay and lesbian Americans, Washington United for Marriage (WUM) called on Preserve Marriage Washington (PMW) and the Family Policy Institute of WA (FPI) to withdraw their invitation to him. The former senator and presidential candidate is scheduled to headline two fund raising events on Oct. 9 and 10 to boost the treasury of the organizations’ efforts to reject Referendum 74 and the state’s bipartisan marriage law.
At the same time, Zach Silk, WUM campaign manager, released a four-page memorandum to the media and other interested parties, outlining the extreme statements and actions Santorum has taken through the years in attacking gay and lesbian Americans and their families. The memorandum is attached as a PDF and included below.
“There isn’t a living politician who has built his bona fides more on the backs of gay and lesbian Americans than Rick Santorum,” said Silk. “This is someone who has likened same-sex marriage to the tragedies of 9/11, calling it the ‘ultimate homeland security’ issue. If they are committed to the rhetoric on their website and spouted endlessly across the state, they should cancel these events and tell Rick Santorum he is not welcome in Washington.”
- The campaign released two ads recently on the referendum’s protection of religion:
- Washington United for Marriage has also detailed how college students are gearing up for the vote, via press release:
More than 24 universities and colleges now have student-led leadership teams which are driving a new level of campus involvement in defending the bipartisan marriage law and Referendum 74 through chapters of Students United for Marriage (SUM). These SUM teams, which are expanding daily, will focus on voter registration, volunteer recruitment, broad outreach and GOTV activities.
Washington United for Marriage (WUM) reports that SUM teams are established on a variety of campuses, from smaller community colleges such as Green River Community College and Spokane Falls Community College, to Jesuit and Catholic institutions such as Seattle University and Gonzaga University, to large state schools such as the University of Washington and Washington State University, and even on nearby out-of-state campuses, including the University of Idaho. All told, the campuses represent more than 200,000 students.
Campus leadership teams and supporters represent a wide variety of students and student groups including Democrats, Republicans, LGBT groups, environmentalists, athletes, fraternities and sororities, and student leaders.
“Seventy-five percent of young people, between the age of 18 and 26, support the freedom to marry,” said WUM campaign manager Zach Silk. “Young people just fundamentally get it. In fact, many of them can’t believe that our law would face this kind of challenge. They want to marry the person they love one day, and they want the same for their friends and family. To them, it’s just that simple. We are so grateful for this outpouring of student support.”
Activities around college campuses this week include more than 20 student phone banks across the state, and canvassing on or near all of the campuses with Students for Marriage chapters.