Social issues part of Wash. governor’s race debate



OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Gay marriage in Washington state is all but certain to be decided by voters in November, but the state’s gubernatorial candidates will be offsetting each other’s votes on whether to uphold the new law approving same-sex unions.

Republican Attorney General Rob McKenna has said he will vote no on Referendum 74 if it qualifies, as expected, for the ballot. His Democratic opponent, former U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee, will vote yes, to uphold the law passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Chris Gregoire earlier this year.

Inslee says this issue is one that clearly defines the difference between him and McKenna on the state’s biggest social issue of the year.

Inslee has made much of McKenna’s stands on social issues in hopes he can paint McKenna as out of touch with the state.