Sammamish couple celebrates Referendum 74 lead

November 6, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 10 p.m. Nov. 6, 2012

The early lead for Referendum 74, a statewide ballot measure to legalize same-sex marriage in Washington, elicited what Dana Alixander called a “collective thank you” for supporters.

Dana and longtime partner Sage Alixander hailed the solid lead for the measure. Both Sammamish residents campaigned hard for voters to approve R-74.

The measure garnered strong support in King County, and leads, 52 percent to 48 percent, in initial statewide results.

Dana Alixander described the wait as a “collective holding our breath” before the initial results arrived just after 8 p.m.

“We just did not want to get excited or too ahead of ourselves,” she said from the Westin Seattle, as local Democrats gathered to celebrate. “That was our major talking point to one another: Just stay calm. Don’t get excited. We don’t want to be let down.”

In 2008, Sage and Dana got married in California before Proposition 8 outlawed same-sex marriages in the state. The pair is registered as domestic partners in Washington.

“Because we’re married in California and in that limbo, our marriage should be valid here,” Dana Alixander said.

In February, Gov. Chris Gregoire signed the legislation as supporters looked on from the packed State Reception Room at the Capitol. Opponents to the same-sex marriage law later gathered enough voter signatures to put the measure before the electorate.

Voters in Maine and Maryland considered same-sex marriage measures Tuesday. In Minnesota, a ballot question asked voters whether to put a same-sex marriage ban into the Minnesota Constitution.

Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont, and Washington, D.C., allow same-sex marriage.

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