Thursday, February 2, 2012

Washington State Senate Says Yes

Way to go, Evergreen State!

The Washington state Senate, in an historic action, voted 28 to 21 on Wednesday night to legalize marriage between same-sex partners.

“We ask for your support tonight because marriage is the way society says you are family,” said state Sen. Ed Murray, D-Seattle, chief sponsor of the legislation and a gay man in a two-decade partnership.

Regardless of how his colleagues voted, Murray added, they will receive a wedding invite from him. A practicing Catholic, Murray has said he is pained that he will not be able to marry in his church.

The House of Representatives is expected to approve the legislation within a week. Gov. Chris Gregoire, who watched Wednesday night’s debate, has become a passionate advocate of marriage equality at the end of what she described as a “personal journey.”

The bill passed with support from 24 Democrats and four Republicans. Eighteen Republicans and a trio of Democrats — State Sens. Jim Hargrove, Tim Sheldon and Paull Shinn — voted no.

Happy dance, happy dance.