The campaign supporting same-sex marriage declared victory today, saying that it’s “impossible for opponents to overcome” early voting results that show Referendum 74 ahead 52-48 percent.
Washington United for Marriage campaign manager Zack Silk called it a “clear win” in a statement.
“We have run the numbers every which way, and we can now confidently say that we have won. This is an historic day for Washington, an historic day for our country and, most of all, for families across the state who have dreamed of this day and the wedding celebrations to come,” Silk said.
Others also seem certain of the law’s passage. King County Executive Dow Constantine announced today he plans to “personally issue the first marriage license to a same-sex couple in King County” on Dec. 6, the day the law goes into effect. The King County Recorder’s Office will be open extended hours that day to accommodate same-sex couples, he said.
Preserve Marriage Washington, the campaign opposed to same-sex marriage, posted a statement on its website saying the race was too close to call. It maintains that Washington could still reject same-sex marriage.
“We understand the math is challenging, but there remains a path to victory for us,” said Preserve Marriage chairman Joseph Backholm.
More election results are expected this afternoon, with more complete tallies not likely available until the end of the week.
The AP posted a photo gallery of hundreds of gay marriage supporters reveling in the streets of Seattle after last night’s election results.