Referendum 71 is confusing – here’s how to get it right


Yesterday, Referendum 71 was formally deemed to have qualified for the November ballot. In case you’re unfamiliar, R-71 is the bill that would roll back one of the 2008 legislative session’s biggest victories – the so-called “everything but marriage” bill, which gave same-sex domestic partnerships the same legal rights as married couples.

R-71 is tricky, because it’s asking you, the voter, whether the new law is good and should be kept. Therefore, a “yes” vote is a vote for equality. Sort of tricky, right? Here’s a step-by-step for you and your crew:

  • Senate Bill 5688 says: same-sex couples should be eligible to receive the same legal rights as heterosexual couples.
  • Referendum 71 asks the public whether the law is good or not.
  • Voting Yes on R-71 means you agree with SB 5688 and think the law should stay as it is.
  • Voting No means you think there should be unfair treatment of same-sex couples.

It’s sort of straightforward, but at the same time can be really confusing. The bottom-line: Vote Yes for equal rights and fairness!


3 Responses to “Referendum 71 is confusing – here’s how to get it right”

  1. 1 Go 71!
    September 2, 2009 at 10:41 am

    Good info – have friends with lots of quesions, this is helpful.

  2. 2 nasonator
    September 2, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Icky, icky, gross and stupid – http://vimeo.com/5282896

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