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REJECT R-71: Talking Points and FAQ's

REJECT R-71: Talking Points and FAQ's

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CITIZENGUIDE
 
September 2009
 
VOTE TO REJECTREFERENDUM 71
 
R-71 Talking Points
 
& Responses toYour 
 
Frequently Asked Questions
 
16108 Ash Way, Suite 111-A
Lynnwood, WA 9808
7 •
425-608-0242905 W. Riverside Ave, Suite 30
4 •
Spokane, WA 9920
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509-624-5530www.FPIW.org
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
HOW TO USE THE
CITIZEN GUIDE 
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FAMILY POLICY INSTITUTE OF WASHINGTON
 
PHILOSOPHY...................................................................................................................................................... 3CORE VALUES ................................................................................................................................................... 3
STEPS TO MORE EFFECTIVE CITIZENSHIP
.......................................................................... 3
REFERENDUM 71
WHAT DOES IT DO?
............................................................................... 4
WHY SHOULD I VOTE TO REJECT REFERENDUM 71?
......................................................... 4
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
 
Referendum 71 is about
“eq
ual treatment
, not marriage, right? ........................................................................... 4Isn
’t
it bad to discriminate? ................................................................................................................................... 5Public opinion seems to be favoring gay marriage. Shouldn
’t
that be reflected in our laws on marriage? ............. 5Doesn
’t
it violate the 14
th
 Amendment
’s
equal protection clause to deny gay couples the opportunity to marry or receive the same benefits? .................................................................................................................................. 5Doesn
’t
current law deny homosexuals the fundamental right to marry that heterosexual couples enjoy? ............ 6If love makes a family, why would we deny gay people who love each other the opportunity to live as theychoose? ............................................................................................................................................................... 6Shouldn
’t
the government just give a civil union to anyone who wants one and leave marriage to the religiouscommunities? ....................................................................................................................................................... 6Why are people trying to change the law to discriminate against gay people? ...................................................... 7Why should it be illegal for gay people to live life the way they want to? ............................................................... 7By prohibiting gay marriage, aren
’t
we violating the separation of church and state?............................................ 7Isn
’t
it wrong to legislate morality? ........................................................................................................................ 8In a Democracy, don
’t
we need to be concerned with the rights of the minority? .................................................. 8 
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HOW TO USE THIS
CITIZEN GUIDE 
 
This guide is intended to help you be a better informed and more effective steward of your gov-ernment. Our goal is to provide you with simple, easy to understand information that is relevant tothe issues facing you and your family today. We encourage you to use this information in conver-sations with your children, neighbors & friends, elected officials, and in letters to the editor.This
Citizen Guide,
as well as other information, can be found atwww.fpiw.org. We encourageyou to reproduce this material and make it available to anyone who can benefit from the ideas.However we ask that you do not alter the content of this document in any way. If you have ques-tions about anything you have read or suggestions of how future versions of this Citizen Guidecould be improved please contact us at 
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We believe that each person has inherentvalue. Therefore, we believe the way we talk,write, and think about other people should  reflect their intrinsic worth and value, regardless of philosophical, religious, orideological disagreements.
 
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 believe anyone is obligated to agree with us.Therefore, as we endeavor to persuade others of the justice of our cause, we are committed  to focus our discussion on ideas, not people.
 
FIVE STEPS TO MOREEFFECTIVE CITIZENSHIP
 
1.
Put the name and phone number of your legisla-tors in your cell phone.
You can find the namesand phone numbers of your state legislators by goingto www.leg.wa.gov/legislature, clicking on the
findyour district
tab and inserting your address.2.
Call once a year:
Make at least one phone call ayear to your legislator every year on issues that areimportant to you3.
Stay informed:
Goto www.fpiw.organd sign up toreceive free e-alerts, newsletters, legislative informa-tion and issue based
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i would like to have several sign up sheets for Ref 71. Thanks Mary Hunt 1804 Rd 14 NE Coulee city, WA 99115

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