Seattle is hosting one of the largest Pride celebrations in the nation this weekend, and the campaign to Approve Referendum 74 will be very visible throughout the festivities.
Washington United for Marriage (WUM) the broad, statewide, bipartisan coalition working to approve Referendum 74 and protect the freedom to marry for all loving couples, is expecting more than 300 supporters to march in its parade contingent on Sunday – the largest single entry in this year’s parade.
Joining WUM’s weekend activities will be Washington Army National Guard St. Pablo Monroy, of Tacoma. A Navy veteran, Monroy and his partner Derrick Peacock were planning to get married later this summer until Referendum 74 postponed their plans. Pablo’s story is featured in a new video released earlier this week as part of Washington United for Marriage’s “Why Marriage Matters” video series. His video, along with two others released earlier this month, can be viewed here: http://washingtonunitedformarriage.org/why-marriage-matters/
Pablo Monroy and WUM campaign representatives are available for interviews all weekend. Call Andy Grow or Sylvia Rolle to schedule. Contact information below.
Here are more details on WUM’s weekend activities for Pride:
Saturday, June 23
9:00 am to 10:00 pm: Capitol Hill Pride Festival on Broadway (http://capitolhillpridefestival.info/) WUM staff and volunteers will be recruiting volunteers and selling merchandise at Booth 51 on Broadway all day and evening.
2:00 pm: Campaign Manager Zach Silk is scheduled to speak from the Main Stage
Sunday, June 24
11:00: Pride Parade through downtown Seattle
Parade starts at 4th Ave. and Union, proceeds down 4th to Denny Way, and into Seattle Center. The WUM contingent, with hundreds of supporters marching in multi-colored t-shirts, is entry number 25. The WUM float will feature a large TV screen with faces of Referendum 74 supporters flashing by.
2:30: Pridefest at Seattle Center
WUM staff and volunteers will be staffing a booth on South Fountain Lawn outside of Fisher Pavilion. There’ll be merchandise for sale, volunteer recruiting, and hundreds of supporters getting their picture taken while holding a white board with their personal message of support for Referendum 74.