Arts I Heart Christine Gregoire
Yeah, big whoop, a Democrat likes Governor Christine Gregoire. I voted for her, and welcomed a recount investigator into my house to make sure I properly signed my absentee ballot.
But my general affection for Gregoire blossomed into particular love during a televised address Gregoire gave yesterday, commemorating the progress of Washington’s long-stagnant anti-discrimination bill, which would extend equal rights in employment and housing to the state’s gays and lesbians. Most impressive: Gregoire’s informed, level-headed explanation of the distinction between the anti-discrimination bill and the nebulous specter of “gay marriage.” The gist, presented in a gentle but firm manner: The anti-discrimination bill has absolutely nothing to do with gay marriage.
Of course, bills such as our pending anti-discrimination legislation help plenty in confirming gay folks’ status as members of society deserving of equality, which is a crucial step in forwarding the cause of gay marriage. But I appreciate Governor Gregoire for picking her battles and cannily staying on point.
UPDATE: I removed improperly placed Rs from Gregoire’s name. Forgive me.