UPDATE | Marriage equality being upheld in Washington state
By RICHARD D. OXLEY
Bainbridge Island Review Staff Writer
November 6, 2012 · 9:50 PM
Washington citizens came out in support of Referendum 74, affirming the state's move to legalize same-sex marriages.
"I think this is victory for all Washingtonians," said Rabbi Mark Glickman of Bainbridge Island.
Glickman signed a letter along with nine other island religious leaders in support of R-74.
"Our understanding of marriage and the modern family has changed over the preceding years and this referendum has affirmed that," he added. "Now all Washingtonians can share in the blessing the joy and the rights we can have from this wonderful institution called marriage."
Tuesday's election results showed a 52-percent approval of the referendum to legalize same-sex marriages, with approximately 1.4 million votes counted. Opposition to the proposal came in at 47 percent.
It came as a milestone moment in Washington history.
"I think it's a historic statement for the state of Washington and for civil rights and equality. It is a justice issue," said Reverend Robert Henre of the Seabold United Methodist Church.
Henre also signed the letter for marriage equality with Rabbi Glickman.
"It was a long time coming and I'm very excited," Henre said. "Bainbridge Island has always been really supportive of this issue."
In Kitsap County, R-74 was passing with a 52 percent "yes" vote.
Contact Bainbridge Island Review Staff Writer Richard D. Oxley at email@example.com or (206) 842-6613.