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Voters in King County deciding about gay marriage, pot today

WASHINGTON STATE (NEWS1130) – It’s going to be a close call on two initiatives in Washington State that could have impacts here in BC.

Carleen Johnson with KOMO News in Seattle says the first is on legalizing gay marriage, which is leaning in the polls toward being approved.

“Marijuana, the [other] initiative there… also polling a little bit ahead at this point, at about 55 per cent, according to the latest polls that I could find,” she tells us.

News1130 spoke with folks south of the border about how they have voted.

We caught up with Bob; though he doesn’t like pot, he’s not against legalizing, regulating, and taxing. “You can do stupid things and it’s your choice. It should be your choice. It’s just a waste of money to keep fighting; it’s like prohibition. That was a failure, too.”

Steve is against legalizing pot, but not necessarily because he’s against the drug.

“To me, it just seems like it would be quite a debacle: Washington legalizes it, but yet on a federal level, it’s still illegal. It just seems like it would cause more problems than it would solve,” he argues.

Lisa also voted against that measure, saying she knows people whose lives have been ruined by drugs. But when it comes to gay marriage, “I believe that they should be able to get married. I don’t think that we should tell people who they can and cannot get married to.”

“I’m not a gay basher,” says Susan. “I have a lot of friends that are gay, and I love them just like I love anyone else. But a marriage is between a man and woman.”

The results for both matters should be out this evening.