Tacoma City Council approved two resolutions Tuesday that formally express support for two ballot measures that will be decided by voters on Election Day.
The first resolution expresses support for, and urges Tacoma voters to approve, Referendum Measure 74 allowing same-sex couples to marry, preserving domestic partnerships only for seniors, and preserving the right of clergy or religious organizations to refuse to perform, recognize, or accommodate any marriage ceremony. Mayor Marilyn Strickland and councilmembers Marty Campbell, Jake Fey, Lauren Walker, David Boe, Anders Ibsen and Ryan Mello voted in favor of the resolution. Deputy Mayor Joe Lonergan opposed the resolution. Councilmember Victoria Woodards was absent. The resolution was sponsored by councilmembers Mello and Ibsen.
The second resolution expresses support for, and urge Tacoma voters to approve, Proposition 1 increasing the sales and use tax in Pierce County in order to support Pierce Transit services. Mayor Strickland, Deputy Mayor Lonergan, and councilmembers Ibsen, Fey, Walker, Mello and Boe voted in favor of the resolution. Councilmembers Campbell and Woodards were absent. The resolution was sponsored by Strickland, Fey and Mello.