51% of Washington Wants to Keep Domestic Partnership Rights. 44% Doesn’t

That’s what a new University of Washington poll reveals when voters were asked (with the exact ballot language of Referendum 71; see below) whether they support or reject an effort to repeal the state’s expanded domestic partnership law. It either indicates the soft sell is working, or the state’s voters strongly disagree with the decision lawmakers made in 1998, enacting the state’s own Defense of Marriage Act.

For your reference, here’s how Ref. 71 reads:

Statement of Subject: The legislature passed Engrossed Second Substitute Senate Bill 5688[6] concerning rights and responsibilities of state-registered domestic partners [and voters have filed a sufficient referendum petition on this bill].

Concise Description: This bill would expand the rights, responsibilities, and obligations accorded state-registered same-sex and senior domestic partners to be equivalent to those of married spouses, except that a domestic partnership is not a marriage.

Should this bill be:

Approved ___
Rejected ___