A paid signature gatherer contracted by Preserve Marriage Washington last year is facing felony charges for faking hundreds of signatures on petitions to place Referendum 74 on the ballot.
|By: Laurel Ramseyer Friday August 16, 2013 4:15 pm|
|By: Laurel Ramseyer Tuesday March 12, 2013 1:25 pm|
The Washington state Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has decided to investigate allegations made last summer that Preserve Marriage Washington violated state law “by failing to disclose contributions received or expenditures made in connection with staff services,” a letter from the PDC says.
Preserve Marriage Washington was the National Organization for Marriage affiliate that attempted to repeal Washington’s freedom to marry law via Referendum 74. Voters across Washington state approved the law 53.7% to 46.3%
|By: Laurel Ramseyer Wednesday October 31, 2012 4:48 pm|
|By: Laurel Ramseyer Wednesday October 24, 2012 1:30 pm|
Investigators at Washington state’s Public Disclosure Commission are recommending that Joseph Backholm, campaign chair and treasurer of Preserve Marriage Washington, be found in violation of state law and that the case be referred to the Attorney General for legal action.
|By: Laurel Ramseyer Sunday October 7, 2012 6:00 pm|
Test your skill at detecting anti-gay activists’ false claims! Preserve Marriage Washington, the group opposing Referendum 74, the ballot measure that would affirm Washington state’s new freedom to marry law, recently released this “Call to Pastors” video. Give it a listen and see if you can spot the seven false claims.
|By: Laurel Ramseyer Saturday September 1, 2012 11:45 am|
Preserve Marriage Washington, the organization trying to repeal Washington’s new marriage equality law, recently urged supporters to download campaign flyers and hand them out to friends and neighbors. Although the PMW website has long displayed the slogans, talking points and essays provided by its parent organization National Organization for Marriage, the new flyers should indicate which talking points PMW has decided to emphasize in the closing months of the campaign. Let’s have a look at a few of them…
|By: Laurel Ramseyer Monday July 23, 2012 3:30 pm|
In an apparent fit of road rage, Preserve Marriage Washington Executive Board member and Washington state legislator Rep. Matt Shea (R-Spokane Valley), an attorney, pulled a loaded gun on the driver of another car. When stopped the arresting officer discovered Shea’s concealed carry permit had expired.
|By: Laurel Ramseyer Thursday May 24, 2012 3:10 pm|
It’s been apparent from the outset that Referendum 74 will qualify for the November ballot. After all, very few referendum campaigns don’t collect the required 120,577 voter signatures since it is such a low percentage of the total registered voters in the state. Once on the ballot, R-74 will ask voters to approve or reject Washington’s recently-passed civil marriage equality law.
|By: Laurel Ramseyer Thursday May 3, 2012 12:35 pm|
|By: Laurel Ramseyer Wednesday April 4, 2012 7:00 am|
The Oregon-based Faith and Freedom group of organizations — Faith and Freedom Network, Faith and Freedom Foundation, and Faith and Freedom PAC — has been playing a visible role in the campaign led by National Organization for Marriage’s local arm, Preserve Marriage Washington, attempting to overturn Washington’s civil marriage equality law.