Thursday, February 9, 2012

Washington State Passes Marriage Equality

This is great news from the Seattle Post-Ingtelligencer.

The state House of Representatives, after two hours of intense debate, voted 55-43 on Wednesday to make Washington the seventh state to legalize same-sex marriage.

The legislation passed the State Senate last week, and goes to Gov. Chris Gregoire who has promised to sign it into law. Gregoire, one of several Catholic governors who support marriage equality, watched House debate from the wings.

“This is truly a historic day in Washington state and one where I couldn’t be more proud,” Gregoire said in a statement. “With today’s vote, we tell the nation that Washington state will no longer deny our citizens the opportunity to marry the person they love.”

The bill didn’t pass without a few voices raised in intolerance, and opponents are planning to petition to get the question on the November ballot; they have until June to gather enough signatures. And of course the Jesus-shouters were not happy; one representative thundered, “Mr. Speaker, Washington State has truly separated God from government,” which is A) the point of separation of church and state, and B) only if you assume that there is a magical sky faerie who disapproves of people finding comfort and commitment in a loving and caring partnership regardless of genitalia. People who waste taxpayer money worrying about legislation in terms of superstition need to find another line of work.

Anyway, congratulations to the good people of the Evergreen State.