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Monday, May 18, 2009

Gregoire Speaks

Posted by on Mon, May 18, 2009 at 11:04 AM

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"This is a great day for the people of the state of Washington," the governor begins.

During the debate surrounding the rights of gay couples, people all over the state saw that families headed by same-sex couples were "absolutely no different than other families," the governor continues, and the people of Washington state had to confront the, "unsettling notion that despite the sameness, the absolute sameness, of gay couples and straight couples... we saw discrimination, discrimination that had to be addressed."

"There are some in our state who do not share our commitment to equality," Gregoire continues, addressing I-71, the initiative that would repeal the laws that Gregoire will sign this morning. "There are still those who want to roll back those rights and domestic partnerships." Gregoire points out that we are in a time of economic crisis and we can't afford to be distracted by hatred and bigotry. "It is time for all of us here in Washington to stand up and say that we stand for justice," says Gregoire.

"We will not accept intolerance or inequality in Washington state."

You'd almost think Gregoire was here to sign a marriage-equality bill into law and not a third separate-but-equalish domestic partnership bill into law. If the state saw the absolute sameness of gay couples during this debate... then why has the state has opted to create an absolutely new institution rather than opening the existing institution of marriage to same-sex couples?

"I have to be honest," Jamie Pederson says during his remarks. "As much as this bill does, it still does not treat my family fairly."

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"Tonight when the gay police officer and lesbian fire fighter goes to work," says Ed Murray, they do so knowing that "the families they leave behind will be protected." But so long as DOMA is the law of the land, Murray continues, "our families will still lack full equality. It is time to end those reprehensible laws."

Murray ends his remarks on a perfectly gay note: "We are almost over the rainbow," he says, and we see now that the "dreams we dare to dream really do come true." And with that...

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Gregoire signs the three separate bills that comprise the final package of domestic partner rights. Same-sex couples who register as domestic partners will now be treated no differently under than law, Gregoire says, than married heterosexual couples.

 

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Cochise. 1
"It is time for all of us here in Washington to stand up and say that we stand for justice,"

Then why doesn't she? Lame.
Posted by Cochise. on May 18, 2009 at 11:13 AM · Report this
Cracker Jack 2
Loveschild just died a little...
Posted by Cracker Jack on May 18, 2009 at 11:38 AM · Report this
Lurleen 3
Technical comment: Referendum 71 is a referendum, not an initiative. Different animal.

Thanks for the great report, especially the pics!
Posted by Lurleen on May 18, 2009 at 11:39 AM · Report this
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Congratulations to the Fruits of Washington. One big step closer....
Posted by Providence on May 18, 2009 at 11:42 AM · Report this
reverend dr dj riz 5
@2 well loveshild has said that she supports this but she doesn't support 'gay marriage'..she'll be pooting out her opinions any minute now...
Posted by reverend dr dj riz on May 18, 2009 at 11:42 AM · Report this
Baconcat 6
Coretta Scott King's words are bearing fruit: "I still hear people say that I should not be talking about the rights of lesbian and gay people and I should stick to the issue of racial justice … But I hasten to remind them that Martin Luther King, Jr., said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”… I appeal to everyone who believes in Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream to make room at the table of brotherhood and sisterhood for lesbian and gay people"

Woo-to-the-hoo!
Posted by Baconcat on May 18, 2009 at 11:45 AM · Report this
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"Proper Emphasis."
Would the kids rather be seeing Miley Cyrus? What better way to get kids to know what the governor is talking about? C.G. thinks we're not ready for gay marriage. No one should have to wait for marriage rights. That slogan is what people always used to say to put off giving people rights. What better time than now?
Posted by itsthenowera? on May 18, 2009 at 11:46 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 8
Bout time!
Now, go forth and have unsatisfying marriages like the rest of us!
Posted by Urgutha Forka on May 18, 2009 at 11:53 AM · Report this
Dominic Holden 9
@ 6) I heart you, Baconcat.
Posted by Dominic Holden on May 18, 2009 at 11:55 AM · Report this
Good Grief 10
Wasn't this Murray's bill? And now he's pissing and moaning about it telling everyone how much his pussy is killing him? Hey Ed -- if it's so damn important, how come you didn't write (and get passed) a better bill?
Posted by Good Grief on May 18, 2009 at 12:00 PM · Report this
Baconcat 11
@9: If Randall, Stickney, Hutch and Loveschild are so inclined, there's some open seats at the table. They better hurry, though, 'cuz the yams are getting cold.
Posted by Baconcat on May 18, 2009 at 12:04 PM · Report this
Julie in Eugene 12
I have a nomenclature question... why is this arrangement being called a domestic partnership, and not a civil union? Obviously, it's the rights themselves that matter, but I'm just curious why one name and not the other? Particularly when, to me anyways, the name "domestic partnership" seems even less equivalent to marriage than "civil union."
Posted by Julie in Eugene on May 18, 2009 at 12:06 PM · Report this
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@10, that's a nice point, and a zesty way to put it. If I remember correctly, his and Jamie's declared strategy from the start was to go for this, get it, but then immediately push for marriage equality.

So what they're signaling isn't mere disingenuity or sore bikini areas. Ed's telling constituents, legislative colleagues, and the Gov that he and his pixie sidekick are pleased but not mollified, and plan no letup.
Posted by gloomy gus on May 18, 2009 at 12:15 PM · Report this
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@12

in this state and in amny cities - we coined the domestic partner name many years ago - and I bet polling showed it to be less of a flash to opponents than civil union

The are two sides of the same coin

Posted by Ronny on May 18, 2009 at 12:16 PM · Report this
Sargon Bighorn 15
Pushing ahead, one step at a time.
Posted by Sargon Bighorn on May 18, 2009 at 12:36 PM · Report this
tjc 16
@12: "Civil Union" seems to be a northeast thing, "Domestic Partnership" seems to be a west coast thing. Beyond that, I'm not sure.
Posted by tjc on May 18, 2009 at 12:38 PM · Report this
kim in portland 17
I'm for marriage equality, and view this as a step in that direction. Good for Washington.
Posted by kim in portland http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2010/11/fast-paced_video_provides_a_fu.html on May 18, 2009 at 1:11 PM · Report this
GlennFleishman 18
I actually know a Seattle lesbian firefighter. It's not just rhetoric! And I know a ton of gay couples with kids now via my childcare center. I was always a moderate supporter of same-sex marriage, but when it becomes a routine and constant thing to see kids with their two mommies or two daddies, it does suddenly rise to the top as a civil rights issue I have to fight for instead of an abstract, "Sure, whatever."
Posted by GlennFleishman http://blog.glennf.com/ on May 18, 2009 at 2:56 PM · Report this
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Decline to sign on ref 71! http://eqfed.org/campaign/DeclineToSignP…
Posted by lweed on May 18, 2009 at 4:45 PM · Report this
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@18: Yes! Exactly! It's when it becomes something we see every day, and we start to take it for granted that it's normal, that issues like this cease to be issues. Or at least, when someone DOES come along and say something against gay couples, we will scratch our heads and go 'huh? What's the problem?'

This is why I think that the media, particularly TV and movies, should bend over backwards to depict a lot of diversity in their casting, be it racial, sexual orientation, or any other thing that people discriminate against.

Once enough of the population thinks of a marriage as being between two people of whichever gender, then we'll all wonder why anyone ever felt differently...
Posted by Harmony on May 18, 2009 at 7:54 PM · Report this

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