End Marriage ≠: Washington Senate Passes Gay Marriage bill
A big and hearty congratulations to the Senate in the state of Washington this morning for passing legislation on marriage equality. The bill is expected to pass in the House and Governor Chris Gregoire has said that she will sign the bill when it reaches her desk.
So look for Washington to join the ranks of states recognizing equality. Washington would become the 7th to legalize gay marriage. The others are New York, Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and the District of Columbia.
Said Democratic Sen. Ed Murray:
Lawmakers who vote against gay marriage “are not, nor should they be accused of bigotry.”…
“Those of us who support this legislation are not, and we should not be accused of, undermining family life or religious freedom,” said Murray, a gay lawmaker from Seattle who has spearheaded past gay rights and domestic partnership laws in the state. “Marriage is how society says you are a family.”
Murray mentioned his partner of more than 20 years — Michael Shiosaki — as he told his Senate colleagues before the vote “regardless of how you vote on this bill, an invitation will be in the mail” to their future wedding.