From Washington state:
Tim Eyman, who can spot a hot issue from 100 paces, hopes to force a public vote. He also has a broader initiative, loosely modeled on his successful anti-affirmative action measure, forbidding any quotas or preferential treatment for gays. Opposition already is organizing.
There are actually two issues affecting gays roiling Washington state politics. One is a new civil rights measure adding “sexual orientation” to the state civil rights act, which Eyman also opposes, and the other is his proposed measure barring preferences to gays.
But Rep. Ed Murray, sponsor of the gay civil rights bill and one of four openly gay lawmakers in the Legislature, said that affirmative action and laws banning discrimination are not the same thing.
Eyman’s “confusing two issues that are not related,” he said.
That may be true — one could certainly favor civil rights protection but not preferences — but Rep. Murray did not say — or at least wasn’t quoted here as saying — why he opposes a measure that would ban preferences to gays.