This is the first of two stories. Tomorrow’s story will talk with opponents of Referendum 74.
When Amy Wells went door-to-door in Vancouver this month to explain what the right to marry would mean to her, she encountered a mixed reaction.
One woman told her that marriage between two people of the same sex isn’t “proper.” Another woman said in a hushed voice that she would vote in support of same-sex marriage this fall, but her husband was voting no.
Wells, 51, of Vancouver, is part of the Southwest Washington effort to approve Referendum 74, a ballot measure that would grant same-sex couples the right to marry. If the referendum is approved by voters this fall, Washington would be the first state in the U.S. to vote in favor of same-sex marriage.
Wells has been with her partner for 19 years, and they have raised a son together. Wells appeared discouraged on Saturday after one resident refused to budge on the issue.