Monday, October 19, 2009

Referendum 71-- It's about rights, responsibilities-- Vote yes

Referendum 71-- It's about rights, responsibilities-- Vote yes | Yakima Herald-Republic Online:
"Referendum 71 shouldn't be confusing. But it can get that way in a hurry.

When backers of the referendum that would roll back domestic-partnership benefits for gay couples and senior domestic partners age 62 and older sought signatures to put the measure on the ballot, the petition filled 40 pages in tiny script. The legislation that the referendum signers wanted to overturn -- Senate Bill 5688 -- was also encyclopedic in length, covering more than 110 pages.

Even worse is how the referendum question is framed. Those who signed petitions to get Referendum 71 on the ballot don't want voters to approve it. Instead, they want voters to reject the referendum.

Confusing? Yes, but there's really no reason to panic. The question being asked of voters is easy enough to understand. It's the rhetoric outside Referendum 71 that's causing the double vision..."

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