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Debating R-74: Should Washington State Allow Same-Sex Couples To Marry?

Same-sex marriage
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Earlier this year, Washington state Governor Chris Gregoire signed a bill allowing marriage rights for same-sex couples. Opponents gathered enough signatures to force a public referendum, and the law was put on hold. Now, it's up to voters to decide. If Referendum 74 is approved, Washington state will be the first in the country to uphold gay marriage at the ballot box. Should same-sex couples have the same rights to marry as straight couples? Author and civic entrepreneur Eric Liu and Preserve Marriage Washington spokesman Chip White join us.

Also this hour: Is the country's voting completely dysfunctional? Humorist Mo Rocca joins us with a look at how voting works in America. Plus, Marcie Sillman profiles Randy Engstrom, interim director of Seattle's Mayor’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs.