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Monday, February 13, 2012

Gregoire: "This is signed!"

Posted by on Mon, Feb 13, 2012 at 12:18 PM

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As governor for more than seven years, this is one of my proudest moments. And most surely today is a proud day in the history of the Legislature and the state of Washington. It is a day historians will mark as a milestone for equal rights. A day when we did what was right, we did what was just, and we did what was fair. We stood up for equality and we did it together – Republicans and Democrats, gay and straight, young and old, and a variety of religious faiths. I’m proud of who and what we are in this state.

I’m proud that our same-sex couples will no longer be treated as separate but equal. They will be equal. I’m proud that children in our schools and neighborhoods will not have to wonder why their loving parents are considered different than other loving parents. I’m proud of parents who have fought so fiercely for the rights of their much-loved gay and lesbian children. And I’m proud that children who discover they are gay and lesbian can feel good about themselves.

 

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Fancy's_Pants 1
To speak facebook for a moment: Like. So much Like.
Posted by Fancy's_Pants on February 13, 2012 at 12:23 PM · Report this
Puty 2
Clap clap clap!
Posted by Puty on February 13, 2012 at 12:23 PM · Report this
alithea 3
hooray!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by alithea on February 13, 2012 at 12:24 PM · Report this
very bad homo 4
<3
Posted by very bad homo on February 13, 2012 at 12:26 PM · Report this
Sachi 5
Well done Chris!!!!
Posted by Sachi http://web.me.com/thorw/Claire_and_Sachi on February 13, 2012 at 12:29 PM · Report this
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Let us all enjoy and relish this great news! Congratulations to all who worked hard in this state including HRC and especially ERW, Legal Marriage Alliance, PFLAG, and past organizations like Marriage Equality Now among others.

Posted by CommonKnowledge on February 13, 2012 at 12:31 PM · Report this
Fnarf 7
Like button!
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on February 13, 2012 at 12:31 PM · Report this
Geni 8
*tears* and *hearts* and *various smiling emoticons*
Posted by Geni on February 13, 2012 at 12:33 PM · Report this
9
Cheering and wiping away a tear of joy. Best I've seen out of Olympia in a long time. Way to go guys.
Posted by SeattleKim on February 13, 2012 at 12:39 PM · Report this
OuterCow 10
Fuck yeah!
Posted by OuterCow on February 13, 2012 at 12:40 PM · Report this
Rhett Oracle 11
Just.
Posted by Rhett Oracle on February 13, 2012 at 12:40 PM · Report this
12
So can we get married now? srsly?
Posted by jnonymous on February 13, 2012 at 12:42 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 13
Grats!
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on February 13, 2012 at 12:42 PM · Report this
TheMisanthrope 14
They could have picked a more fabulous carpet to do it on...
Posted by TheMisanthrope on February 13, 2012 at 12:44 PM · Report this
Vince 15
Huzzah!!!
Posted by Vince on February 13, 2012 at 12:49 PM · Report this
JensR 16
Congratulations! :D
Posted by JensR http://ohyran.se on February 13, 2012 at 12:51 PM · Report this
17
Many thanks again to my Republican Rep. Joe Fain, for voting for this. You rock.
Posted by MyDogBen on February 13, 2012 at 12:54 PM · Report this
michaelp 18
Awesome sauce.
Posted by michaelp on February 13, 2012 at 12:55 PM · Report this
BostonFontSnob 19
I don't know what you guys are so happy about. Ever since we legalized gay marriage in MA, it's been just awful here. Earthquakes, floods, the sky splits open, rains of blood, giant scorpions that feed on traditional marriages...
Posted by BostonFontSnob on February 13, 2012 at 1:00 PM · Report this
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It ain't over, folks. We gotta win in November, at the ballot box (if they gather the signatures, which they're likely to), and then we have to get the votes in Congress to repeal DOMA and make sure we have a president who would sign a DOMA repeal into law.

Lots of work left to do.
Posted by Dan Savage on February 13, 2012 at 1:07 PM · Report this
Zebes 21
Not pictured but present in spirit: Satan

and Jack from Jack in the Box

and Lenin
Posted by Zebes http://www.badrap.org/rescue/index.html on February 13, 2012 at 1:08 PM · Report this
22
That is the cheeriest looking executive signature viewing I've seen... WOW! Or should I say, FABULOUS!!!!!!!
Posted by scratchmaster joe on February 13, 2012 at 1:16 PM · Report this
Cato the Younger Younger 23
BEST NEWS OF THE DECADE!!!!!
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on February 13, 2012 at 1:16 PM · Report this
kim in portland 24
Yay!!
Posted by kim in portland http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2010/11/fast-paced_video_provides_a_fu.html on February 13, 2012 at 1:19 PM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 25

I'll look forward to reading the new Social Register feature of the The Stranger.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://www.you-read-it-here-first.com on February 13, 2012 at 1:20 PM · Report this
KittenKoder 26
Yay, so gay people have more rights but the true minorities are being ignored.
Posted by KittenKoder http://digitalnoisegraffiti.com/ on February 13, 2012 at 1:21 PM · Report this
27
Yeah, there'll always be more to do, though. Have to enjoy each hard-fought step, eh?
Posted by gloomy gus on February 13, 2012 at 1:22 PM · Report this
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P.S. @26, here I was so happy thinking you were dead. Can't you pretend a bit longer? Thx.
Posted by gloomy gus on February 13, 2012 at 1:23 PM · Report this
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So SSM is on hold till the haters get the sigs they need to overturn this? Is that how they're playing this?
Posted by Jersey on February 13, 2012 at 1:27 PM · Report this
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@29 Well it is on hold until June regardless as the State Constitution requires a 90 days wait from the end of the session. If they get enough signatures then it would be on hold until after the vote.
Posted by giffy on February 13, 2012 at 1:38 PM · Report this
MacCrocodile 31
@28 - Maybe she finally got that surgery she needed.
Posted by MacCrocodile http://maccrocodile.com/ on February 13, 2012 at 1:50 PM · Report this
Baconcat 32
It's technically the law, it's just not enacted yet so it doesn't have the force of law. And even if a referendum is filed it's still a suspension pending verification. It otherwise assumes an enactment date with all the other bills on the 7th of June.

The law is blind to challenges. That's why its effective date is the same as all other bills until the referendum petition drive is done.

Anyway, that's that. Until June 6th this is till going to happen. If they get a referendum through that changes, but we'll fight and win.

Always remember that the anti-gay activists got to the ballot and lost at the ballot on a message of "R-71 is marriage" and here we are, 3 years later. We did all the heavy lifting now we just need to stay on message, tell our stories and have internet shouting matches until either the 7th of June or the 7th of December.

Then we'll all get gay-married.
Posted by Baconcat on February 13, 2012 at 2:01 PM · Report this
Donolectic 33
@26 - Not really you idiot. Go back to whatever hole you crawled out of.
Posted by Donolectic on February 13, 2012 at 2:03 PM · Report this
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It will be nice when this is no longer a big deal. Congrats to Washington!
Posted by Patricia Kayden on February 13, 2012 at 2:27 PM · Report this
Helenka (also a Canuck) 35
Showers the joyous throng surrounding the Governor with bigot-free flower-petals.
Posted by Helenka (also a Canuck) on February 13, 2012 at 3:47 PM · Report this
ScienceNerd 36
Any other hopeless romantics out there who also wish she would have signed it tomorrow? I mean... one more day, and it's all hearts and chocolate.

Still this is a wonderful wonderful day. What a great thing. :)
Posted by ScienceNerd http://stanichium.tumblr.com/ on February 13, 2012 at 3:56 PM · Report this
undead ayn rand 37
@26: "Yay, so gay people have more rights but the true minorities are being ignored."

Ah, Tea Party/Libertarians on welfare, the true victims.
Posted by undead ayn rand on February 13, 2012 at 4:17 PM · Report this
undead ayn rand 38
I mean seriously, your "wah wah suck up everything the Right-wing gives you, because I'm poor and have it worse and besides liberals are bad anyway" comes off as zero empathy for others while taking smug, nasty glee in seeing them suffer.

Even if you've had a hard life, you'd still make others suffer and crow about your own hardships. You may have some sort of mental illness way beyond depression, but does resigning others to the same fate really make you feel better?
Posted by undead ayn rand on February 13, 2012 at 4:28 PM · Report this
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Kitten Koder, several people here have ascribed thoughts to you, but I'm pretty unclear on what you're talking about. What 'real' minorities are being ignored, and how?
Posted by clashfan on February 13, 2012 at 7:32 PM · Report this
Canadian Nurse 40
Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by Canadian Nurse on February 13, 2012 at 8:06 PM · Report this
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@39: She's an asexual, so perhaps she gets all sorts of butthurt because people don't fight for her right to... not have sex with anyone?
Posted by whatever the opinion is, it'll be cringeworthy on February 13, 2012 at 10:07 PM · Report this

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