California’s Proposition 8 ruling is, like, so two days ago. Now it’s all about the introduction of a marriage equality Bill by the Washington legislature. (Do keep up.) West coast, y’all!
The state House of Representatives debated the measure before taking a vote just before midnight Irish time. It passed by 55 votes to 43. Washington governor, Christine Gregoire, who introduced the measure has indicated that she will sign the Bill into law immediately.
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. We tell every child of same-sex couples that their family is every bit as equal and important as all other families in our state. And we take a major step toward completing a long and important journey to end discrimination based on sexual orientation.
– Democratic Gov. Chris Gregoire.
The New York Times reports that the Bill could be signed as early as next week, but cautions that it may not take effect right away because, well, haters gonna hate. If opponents to the law can cobble together at least 120,000 signatures, then under state law the measure will be put to a referendum.
Nevertheless, now we can add to the list of things Washington is famous for: rain, Sleepless in Seattle, Nirvana, Starbucks, and marrige equality.
This is about couples. This is about family. This is about kids. This is about love and commitment.
– Rep. Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma.
Why should their union of over 23 years not be recognized? They are committed to each other. They love each other.
– Rep. Ruth Kagi, D-Lake Forest Park, talking about her Democratic colleague, Rep. Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma, and her partner, Laura Wulf.
I’m very proud of my children. I’m very proud of my two sons. And they deserve the same rights and privileges that their brothers and sisters have. We have to have equal rights.
– Rep. Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney, D-Seattle, speaking about her two gay sons.
Quotations via AP/Seattle Post Intelligencer.