Daily Archives: October 26, 2009

Musings on …. SB 5688 and R 71



So I was clicking around on the interwebs and was researching R71 and discovered it was a re-vote of sorts to

something already voted on and approved.

I am not saying whether Im voting for or against it, I just was looking at some info. about our laws.

I really don’t ever vote in elections. i know; bad christian, bad american. But i just don’t feel like i should

vote on some thing i know nothing about, and my brain just can’t or won’t focus in on government language and my

desires are really not of this world. If God puts them into office, I will obey them and if I don’t vote on them,

my reasoning is i don’t/can’t talk bad about them.

I don’t think i project unhealthy or crazy ideas about government or believe that one man is really running the whole show and he is the anti-christ. Don’t want to promote that either.

so if you live in washington and are voting on this R71 or anything else; know how you vote. How who you vote for and why you vote.

that is all.


What voters will see on their ballots

Here is what the R 71 ballot will say:

REFERENDUM 71 Ballot Title Statement of Subject:

The legislature passed Engrossed Second Substitute Senate Bill 5688 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 __


Referendum 71 is a ballot referendum that asks Washington state voters to re-confirm the expansion of domestic partnership rights and obligations in Washington’s originally limited domestic partnership legislation. The expansion (SB 5688) was signed by Governor Christine Gregoire on May 18, 2009.


from washington state law:

RCW 26.04.010

Marriage contract — Void marriages.


(1) Marriage is a civil contract between a male and a female who have each attained the age of eighteen years, and who are otherwise capable.

     (2) Every marriage entered into in which either the husband or the wife has not attained the age of seventeen years is void except where this section has been waived by a superior court judge of the county in which one of the parties resides on a showing of necessity.


RCW 26.04.020

Prohibited marriages.


(1) Marriages in the following cases are prohibited:

     (a) When either party thereto has a wife or husband living at the time of such marriage;

     (b) When the husband and wife are nearer of kin to each other than second cousins, whether of the whole or half blood computing by the rules of the civil law; or

     (c) When the parties are persons other than a male and a female.

     (2) It is unlawful for any man to marry his father’s sister, mother’s sister, daughter, sister, son’s daughter, daughter’s daughter, brother’s daughter or sister’s daughter; it is unlawful for any woman to marry her father’s brother, mother’s brother, son, brother, son’s son, daughter’s son, brother’s son or sister’s son.

     (3) A marriage between two persons that is recognized as valid in another jurisdiction is valid in this state only if the marriage is not prohibited or made unlawful under subsection (1)(a), (1)(c), or (2) of this section.


Senate Bill 5688 here


 some other websites: