Last night, the campaign trying to approve gay marriage on the fall ballot opened an office in gay, gay, gay Capitol Hill. Of course, they already have lots of offices, but this action center in the Pike/Pine neighborhood is reportedly crucial. "We want to be as connected as possible to our supporters," says Zach Silk, campaign manager for Washington United for Marriage.
Yes, the rent is high (the campaign reports a $5,000 rent expenditure to the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission, although it's not clear if this is per month, or through the end of the campaign). But Silk says it's an essential expense to establish a workspace here to rally the troops. After all, no state has ever upheld marriage at the ballot. And they gotta try everything they think will work to turn out votes. The latest poll, by Strategies360, shows Referendum 74 being approved by 54 percent of voters and rejected by only 33 percent of voters (the rest are undecided). The campaign plans to launch 6,000 phone calls a day out of 15 locations across the state, including this office, to swing voters toward marriage equality. The office will also be selling t-shirts, stickers, and other pro-homo paraphernalia.
Pricey or not, engaging the base in an accessible, fun, and vibrant location could be invaluable. If you can walk to the action center, call some undecided voters, then head to a local bar for drinks with friends, it could be a winning matrimony.
The center is hosting an open house Saturday and Sunday (during the Capitol Hill Block Party) from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. It's at Located at at 517 East Pike Street in the Gay City Health Project's big gay space. If you want to volunteer, visit them online here or get engaged on Facebook.