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January 3, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Momentum for gay marriage in Washington State

Posted by Joni Balter

Insiders say Gov. Chris Gregoire will hold a news conference Wednesday to publicly support a measure to legalize gay marriage in Washington.
This is fantastic news that could put Washington at the forefront of states --- it would be the nation's seventh -- supporting fairness and equality for all residents.
The Seattle Times editorial page has supported gay marriage since 2000. The latest push by state Sen. Ed Murray and state Rep. Jamie Pedersen to stop working around the edges and grant full legal rights to same-sex couples makes a ton of sense.
Our editorial a few weeks ago explained our thoughts clearly.
Lawmakers in Olympia have much work to do on the budget and cannot get distracted by a big battle about social issues. But this idea cries out for action -- and does not cost much.
Legislators can fuss and fume about how busy they are. But they are not too preoccupied to stand up tall and do what's right for all Washingtonians
Big points for Gregoire for giving this issue a hefty and needed push.
There is a name for this sort of thing: momentum

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I am all for it, but must it be called 'MARRIAGE?' CAN'T IT BE CALLED SOMETHING ELSE? All 'marriage' means anymore to...  Posted on January 5, 2012 at 9:05 AM by EZ Answer. Jump to comment
Who are ANY of you to dictate who I can marry?! It's none of your business! EQUALITY FOR ALL!  Posted on January 4, 2012 at 12:09 PM by Someone Who Cares. Jump to comment
And also a good time to point out that Rob McKenna opposes gay marriage, while at the same time saying that "voters should make the...  Posted on January 3, 2012 at 7:39 PM by observer11. Jump to comment

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