News Highlights from the Debate Over Washington’s Soon-to-be New Domestic Partnership Law
posted by March 1 at 15:25 PMon
According to notes prepared by Slog reader Brian Slodysko:
• Around 10:50, what appeared to be several Ms. Washington contestants, in tiaras, gathered on an upper balcony.
• Sen. Val Stevens (R-Snohomish) suggests the bill will lead to bestiology (sic), necrophilia and incest. The bill’s chief sponsor, Ed Murray (D-Seattle), objects.
Surprise of the day, from another source: Dale Brandland, the Republican Whip from Bellingham, switched his vote from no to yes.
Murray says he was impressed that, “for the first time, the Senate moved before the House on a gay issue.” He said Sen. Steven’s comments were shocking. “She’s referring to a member [of the Senate], me, who’s sitting on the floor, people who work here, friends and families and constituents. It was very difficult to sit there and listen to it.”