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Author: Kaitlin Froom

VICTORY: Washington State Voters Approve Gay Marriage

After Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire signed the voter-approved marriage equality legislation into law, opponents immediately worked to block the law. They submitted 200,000 signatures seeking a public vote on the issue. To show that the majority of Washingtonians support marriage equality, Washington United for Marriage’s campaign manager Zach Silk started a MoveOn Petition urging voters to approve Referendum 74.

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VICTORY: Minnesota Rejects Voter ID Amendment

When the GOP-controlled Minnesota Legislature agreed to put a pro-voter ID constitutional amendment on the November 6 ballot, they thought it would be a sure win. Voting rights groups immediately denounced the ballot measure as a way to suppress turnout by elderly people, young people, and minorities, who are least likely to have identification showing their current address. Liz Loeb started a MoveOn Petition asking the state legislature to stop voter suppression.

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VICTORY: Justice for Kenneth Chamberlain

When 68-year-old veteran Kenneth Chamberlain Sr. was shot and killed in his apartment by police responding to a call from his medical alert service, his son assumed there would be an investigation. After months of waiting, Kenneth Chamberlain Jr. started a MoveOn Petition to ask for one.

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VICTORY: Idaho Drops Ultrasound Bill

As part of their infamous “war on women,” Republicans have passed laws in state after state forcing women to submit to an invasive ultrasound procedure before getting an abortion. When a similar bill came up in the very conservative state of Idaho, it seemed sure to pass. Susan Philley was one of hundreds of Idahoans who refused to back down. She started a MoveOn Petition that was signed by over 5,000 peopleā€”a stunning number in this small state.

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VICTORY: Utah Governor Vetoes Ban on Sex Education

When extreme religious conservatives in Utah tried to pass a bill banning sex education in public schools, preventing young people from getting critical information about STDs, pregnancy, and contraception, Paul Krueger, a school bus driver and retired firefighter, started a MoveOn Petition.

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VICTORY: Florida Prison Privatization Bill Stopped

Florida’s Republican Governor Rick Scott tried to fast-track legislation to privatize 29 prisons without public input. But corrections officer Christina Bullins knew firsthand that prison privatization would undermine public safety and waste tax dollars, so she started a MoveOn Petition that garnered over 27,000 petition signatures.

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