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Thursday, November 1, 2012 - Page updated at 01:40 p.m.

Referendum 74: Legalizing same-sex marriage

Editorials, op eds and video from The Seattle Times opinion section about Referendum 74 on the Nov. 6, 2012 ballot.



Video of Brandon & Vic Rapez-Betty: Married in our hearts

Brandon and Vic Rapez-Betty of Spokane exchanged vows on Sept. 22, 2012. They consider registering for a domestic partnership a form of second-class citizenship. If Referendum 74 is approved, the couple will be able to marry officially. They sent a photo to the 'I Do' campaign following a ceremony before their family and friends.

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Video: Dottie Neufeld remembers her late partner

Dottie Neufeld of Seattle remembers her late partner, Carol Brandes. The two were together for 38 years. Carol passed away in 2010. They were never able to marry.

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Video: Chalu and Niesha "Nikki" Harris-Adams of Parkland

Chalu and Niesha "Nikki" Harris-Adams of Parkland were high school friends who reconnected years later, after Chalu's marriage to a man ended in divorce. They raise Chalu's two biological sons together. "I've never been with anyone who really just allowed me to be who I am. That's the legacy I want my children to take forward to their children. You're allowed to be who you are, and you can be happy being who you are," Chalu says.

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Video: Col. Dr. Grethe Cammermeyer and Diane Divelbess of Whidbey Island

Col. Dr. Grethe Cammermeyer and Diane Divelbess of Whidbey Island have stayed together through tough times, including Cammermeyer's two-year banishment from the military after she revealed she was a lesbian. "You know when somebody special has crossed your path, so you better act," Divelbess said, recalling the early days of their 24-year relationship.

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Editorials

It's time for Washington voters to approve same-sex marriage

Foes of same-sex marriage get inventive with campaign to defeat R-74

Washington ignores pitch to narrow the definition of marriage

Another court ruling further erodes the Defense of Marriage Act

Some Catholic parishes are skittish about Referendum 74

Senate's vote for gay marriage is a principled stand

Anti-Referendum 74 school ad is shameless

Op Ed

Op-ed: Vote against Referendum 74, which redefines marriage

Op-ed: Washington state led country on interracial marriage, can lead again with Ref. 74

Op-ed: We are Catholics and we oppose Referendum 74

Columns

Getting to 'I do' took patience and a boost from a new generation | Kate Riley

Same-sex couples strengthen and affirm basic family values | Lance Dickie

The Seattle Times editorial board's 'I Do' social media campaign

We printed a sign in our editorial page and invited readers who agreed to take a photograph of the sign with themselves or their families and share them via Twitter, Instagram or email. Here are the photos readers shared with us.

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