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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Sen. Ed Murray: "We'll be finished tonight, even if we're here when the sun comes up."

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Sen. Ed Murray and his partner, Michael Shiosaki, speaking to reporters ahead of the senate marriage vote.
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  • Sen. Ed Murray and his partner, Michael Shiosaki, speaking to reporters ahead of the senate marriage vote.

State Senator Ed Murray (D-43), briefing reporters a few minutes ago in the capitol's many-chandeliered reception room, said that for much of his career he didn't believe he'd be around for this moment.

"A lot of people are just stunned, particularly people in my age group," Murray said. "I don't think we thought this would come about in our lifetimes."

He applauded the guts of pro-marriage senators—both Democrats and Republicans—who come from districts that aren't as supportive of gay rights as Seattle's 43rd.

"I just am so moved by their courage," he said. "There really aren't words to describe it."

He noted that half a dozen amendments to the marriage bill have already been filed, and said he expected more—not all friendly. But he maintained that the senate will pass the measure tonight.

"We'll be finished tonight, even if we're here when the sun comes up."

Asked why marriage is so important when same sex couples in Washington State already have many of the rights of marriage via domestic partnership, Murray responded quickly and succinctly: "This is how society says you're a family."

Assuming the gay marriage bill passes the legislature, is signed by the governor, and survives a repeal effort at the polls in November, Murray and his partner, Michael Shiosaki, plan to take advantage of the new law.

"We will get married," Murray promised.

But for now, strong memories from the past were mixing with his plans for the future.

Murray recalled "a lot of angst" and "a lot of anger" in recent conversations with his senate colleagues leading up to today. He recalled earlier years when gay rights efforts produced "unfortunate, unfortunate debates that should never happen again to any group of people in these chambers." And he recalled his close friend and mentor, the late Cal Anderson, Washington's first openly gay state legislator, who died of AIDS in 1995. "He would be very proud," Murray said. "He would be very excited."


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Jay Inslee should work to secure these rights at the national level...of course Obama would sign on.

How about it SLoG?
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on February 1, 2012 at 5:48 PM · Report this
Lurleen 2
@1 Rep. Jay Inslee is a co-sponsor of the Respect for Marriage Act which would do federally what this bill is doing for the state.…
Posted by Lurleen on February 1, 2012 at 6:00 PM · Report this
Man, I remember sitting in Cal's kitchen stuffing campaign envelopes with Ed. Such a long way we've come. Hooboy.
Posted by gloomy gus on February 1, 2012 at 6:03 PM · Report this
had no idea that is who cal anderson park was named for; good to know and a very moving moment.
Posted by grace on February 1, 2012 at 6:05 PM · Report this
They've begun! They've already adjourned to caucus! This'll be a while.
Posted by Sean on February 1, 2012 at 6:08 PM · Report this
Can I get a damn link? I can't find a livestream.
Posted by lblah on February 1, 2012 at 6:14 PM · Report this
@6, here ya go. Since the Republicans kicked it off by calling a caucus TVW is airing filler until Lt. Gov. Owen calls it back to order.…
Posted by gloomy gus on February 1, 2012 at 6:17 PM · Report this
Thanks Gloomy Gus, couldn't figure out why TVW wasn't streaming. And, we wait.
Posted by irene10 on February 1, 2012 at 6:23 PM · Report this
Fnarf 10
Cal Anderson International Airport? I like it. Or they can wait thirty years and name it after President Ed Murray.
Posted by Fnarf on February 1, 2012 at 9:16 PM · Report this
This is just the end of the beginning. The entire GLBTQ community and its allies need to get behind the effort to defeat the inevitable anti-gay-marriage referendum. That means make large contributions to Equal Rights Washington, volunteer, or help out any way you can.
Posted by R. Maximus on February 2, 2012 at 12:29 AM · Report this

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