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posted Friday, April 27, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 17

Five things you can do for marriage equality now
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Equal Rights Washington (ERW) officials say they aren't willing to wait until November 2012 to preserve marriage equality - and neither should you. There are things that we can all be doing right now that would help ensure that same-sex marriage foes are not successful in rolling back the current marriage equality law, which legalizes same-sex marriage in Washington state.

'Now is the time to be taking action,' said ERW officials in a statement to supporters. 'For many, moving to support marriage for same-sex couples is a journey, and we must make sure that we provide enough time so that voters can complete their journey before they mail in their ballots.'

According to ERW, 'The work you undertake today and every day until the election will ensure that loving committed couples will be able to express their love and protect their families through legal marriage. And, of course, the most important thing you can be doing now is having personal conversations with your friends and family about the importance of marriage equality and 'approving' Referendum 74.'

The organization and the Approve 74 Campaign are asking marriage equality supporters to ask their friends to have similar conversations with their social networks as well.

'Much of Equal Rights Washington's work in the months to come will be done in conjunction with the Washington United for Marriage Campaign and our coalition partners,' said officials.

Here are five things you can do to help protect marriage equality in Washington state.

PLEDGE TO APPROVE REFERENDUM 74
ERW officials are asking supporters to take the pledge to approve Referendum 74 and protect marriage equality in Washington State this November 6.

'As we continue to ramp up our operations in the state, we're going to need all hands on deck to ensure that our efforts are successful,' said officials. 'Your pledge will help ERW and Washington United for Marriage identify hundreds of thousands of supporters needed to win.'

In addition, they say, 'Of course we need you to share the pledge with your friends and family.'

Take the pledge at http://equalityfederation.salsalabs.com/o/35037/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=900.

COLLECT APPROVE REFERENDUM 74 PLEDGE CARDS
ERW officials want to show just how strong the support is for marriage by gathering signatures on Pledge to Approve 74 postcards. Officials say there are two ways to help: sign up to volunteer and come out with other volunteers to collect the postcards, or print our copies of the PDF postcard and have all your friends, family and neighbors fill one out.

Or arrange to get a whole bunch of pre-printed postcards directly from the Washington United for Marriage campaign by emailing volunteer@washingtonunited.org.

'Collect as many as you can,' said ERW.

Be sure to mail them back to Washington United for Marriage, PO Box 21022, Seattle, WA 98111.

ORDER A FREE BUMPER STICKER
ERW officials say they will send you a free bumper sticker so you can show your support or Marriage Equality.

Go to http://equalityfederation.salsalabs.com/o/35037/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=64, fill out the form, and they will mail it to you.

'When you get your sticker, take a picture of your car or laptop with the sticker on it and post it on Facebook,' say officials. 'Its important that we show our public support for marriage equality and invite our friends to take similar actions.'

VOLUNTEER TO APPROVE REFERENDUM 74
'To defend marriage equality in Washington state, we need you to volunteer with our efforts to Approve R-74,' said ERW officials. 'While the election may not be until November 6, ballots mail earlier.'

'The hard work of identifying supporters has begun and must continue to grow over the next seven months,' said ERW.

According to officials, the campaign needs to identify 1.5 million voters to cast their ballots in our favor 'and we need your help to do it.'

The Washington United campaign has lots of opportunities all across the state. To volunteer send an email to volunteer@washingtonunited.org.

ONGOING EVENTS IN YOUR AREA
Volunteer with the Washington United for Marriage campaign by showing up at the ERW hosted Wednesday night phonebank in Seattle. RSVP at

http://equalityfederation.salsalabs.com/o/35037/p/salsa/web/common/public/content?content_item_KEY=8853.

Phone Banks
Seattle: Monday through Thursday 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Tacoma: Tuesday 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Spokane: Tuesday through Thursday 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Phone From Home Program
If you have a phone line and computer with internet access, you can help us make calls from anywhere in Washington State. Phone From Home Training: Every Tuesday 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Door-to-Door Canvassing
Help us collect postcards pledging to Approve Referendum 74.
Seattle: Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.



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