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Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Gay Legislators to Introduce Gay Marriage Legislation

posted by on January 9 at 10:33 AM

busy, busy getting tomorrow’s paper out, but here’s an exciting announcement from the five gay legislators in Olympia:

Equality for all Washington families

OLYMPIA — Democrats from the state Senate and the House of Representatives will unveil two separate legislative proposals designed to provide equality for all Washington families.
These include a bill to extend domestic partnership benefits to same sex-couples and a bill to extend marriage equality to same-sex couples.
Sen. Ed Murray, D-Seattle, Rep. Joe McDermott, D-West Seattle, Rep. Jim Moeller, D-Vancouver, Rep. Jamie Pedersen, D-Seattle, and Rep. Dave Upthegrove, D-Des Moines will introduce the two proposals.

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This will not prevent assholes from proposing and possibly passing a constitutional amendment banning same sex relationships.

Posted by elswinger | January 9, 2007 10:36 AM

I count 5 gay legislators...

Posted by Gay Bean Counter | January 9, 2007 10:40 AM

Whoops. 5. Thanks. Changed it.

Posted by Josh Feit | January 9, 2007 10:45 AM

At last! Something to be excited about.


A constitutional amendment to ban marriage equality would have to be introduced and pass both the House and Senate in which the Dems have super-majorities. The Dem leadership has said that any attempt to pass such an amendment is DOA.

Posted by Original Andrew | January 9, 2007 11:46 AM

Yay! If we pass this, god will love us again and all this weird weather will stop!

Posted by gfish | January 9, 2007 12:30 PM

You think Gregoire would sign it Josh?

Posted by Dave Coffman | January 9, 2007 12:43 PM

Only one Senator? Geesh ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | January 9, 2007 1:20 PM

its about fucking time. i want this to pass like in california, and then the governor will have to sign it. she can't really oppose something this big if it is democrat approved in the leg.

Posted by blehpunk | January 9, 2007 2:36 PM

Marriage, a religious institution?

I have difficulty trying to understand why allowing gays to use the term “marriage” rather than “unions” to be such a sticking point. I have heard it often said by people that are opposed to gay marriage; say that marriage is a religious institution. Or using the term marriage will somehow make a mockery of traditional marriages. If marriage were indeed a religious institution, why then are heterosexual couples afforded such a wide variety of ways of getting married that have no religious affiliation whatsoever? Heterosexual atheists are allowed to marry and they certainly don’t want any religious overtones to their marriages. Straight couples can get married by the justice of the piece; they can get married by a ship captain on a cruise ship. They can be married underwater or on a mountaintop, it seems to me it just doesn’t matter and that there are no restrictions. The list goes on and on therefore, making the argument of about marriage being a religious institution absurd.

I have also heard many opponents of gay marriage say that same sex marriage will make a mockery of traditional marriages, meaning I suppose between a man and a woman. I think that looking closely at all of the statistics about the success of traditional marriages; they seem to be doing a damn good job of their own, making a mockery of the institution of marriage. Then when one looks at the statistics of how many straight lay men and woman who have extramarital affairs doesn’t look so good either not to mention many couples of the clergy who seem also not to have the greatest track record. So then, what do the opponents of gay marriage really mean by saying that same sex marriages would make a mockery of traditional marriage? One doesn’t have to be a sociologist or have a degree in statistics to understand that allowing gay marriages to exist would hurt no one. In fact gay marriage would likely cause gays to have longer lasting relationships. There has been a common complaint generally spouted out by the straight population, that gay relationships don’t seem last very long. Statistics do however bear out one thing in regards to marriage verses just living together as a couple, and that is that couples that are married verses couples just living together, do last longer if they are married. Perhaps this could be the answer in motivating gay couples to work harder at their relationships if they were legally bound by a legitimate contract, rather than just being able to just walk away as so often happens when they hit some rough waters as all relationships do at some point whether gay or straight. Thank you, Aaron Jason Silver Saugatuck, Mi 49408 269 561 6789

Posted by aaron jason silver | January 10, 2007 9:04 AM

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