The Washington State House of Representatives is already lined up to approve a same sex-marriage bill this year, and by many folks' count, only two state senators—including lefty Republicans and righty Dems who are on the fence—are required to approve the bill completely. (Yesterday Republican State Senator Steve Litzow said he'd support it, but that was expected.) The Seattle Times now has this:
Sen. Cheryl Pflug is joining other lawmakers willing to vote to give same-sex couples the full rights and benefits of marriage. She is commended for standing up to say what she believes, even if it does not perfectly mesh with her caucus.
Good for Senator Pflug. And lest it go unsaid, praise the Seattle Times editorial board for being fearless on this issue. At this rate, marriage equality may pick up the majority it needs—hopefully with more than just a one- or two-vote cushion—to pass later this year. If you live in one of those swing districts out in places like Auburn and Aberdeen, now may be a great time to give a gentle, polite—yet firm—call to your lawmakers and ask them to support marriage equality for committed adult couples. Here's a map to find your state senator.