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Spokane LGBT community thrilled R-74 passing

Published On: Nov 07 2012 09:09:53 PM CST   Updated On: Nov 07 2012 09:11:39 PM CST
Gay marriage, same-sex marriage


SPOKANE, Wash. -

Spokane members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community are thrilled as Washington State is poised to become one of just three states in the country to legalize gay marriage by a vote of the people.

Right now voters are approving Referendum 74 with 51-percent of the vote and local LGBT community members are elated about the results. Supporters of gay marriage across the state are declaring victory, saying there's no way their opponents will be able to catch up.

"It's a monumental occasion, me and my boyfriend looked at adopting and we were denied because we were a same sex couple, not married," Stephen Lavelle from the LGBT Center said.

While voters across Washington may have been on his side, that's not the case in Spokane County, where the measure is failing by 14-percent.

"I knew all along that's what was going to happen but I'm just so thankful that the other side of the state was so overwhelming for it," Lavelle said.

Most voters living in the city limits of Spokane overwhelmingly said yes to R-74, as did Cheney, but outlying areas like Deer Park and Liberty Lake rejected it.

Lavelle doesn't know if he and his boyfriend will run to the altar now but he's glad he now has the option to.

"That's what a lot of same sex couples are looking for; not necessarily they want to get married but they have that option if they choose to go that route," he said.

Referendum 74 is actually failing in 31 of 39 counties across the state but has a strong lead in places like King County where 65-percent of voters said yes to same-sex marriage.