From the Left Congratulates Washington State Senate for Passing Marriage Equality Bill

Thursday, February 2, 2012

From the Left congratulates the Washington State Senate for passing the Marriage Equality Bill by a vote of 28-21. In all, 24 Democrats and four Republicans voted for the bill.

Senate Bill 6239 defines marriage as between two persons, rather than between a male and a female.

Many high-profile Pacific Northwest companies, including Microsoft, Starbucks, Nike, Vulcan and Amazon, endorsed the measure.

Same-sex marriage is legal in Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New York, New Hampshire, Vermont and the District of Columbia.

I salute both New York and Washington for accomplishing what my home state of California failed to do vis a via marriage equality.

Props Washington!

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14 Responses to From the Left Congratulates Washington State Senate for Passing Marriage Equality Bill

  1. Thach Nguyen says:

    Yesterday was a great day for the LGBT community in Washington.

  2. Joe in Colorado says:

    Congrats Washington. This is splendid news.

  3. feminazi says:

    Good news indeed. But I wonder if the votes would be there in favor of passage had Microsoft, Starbucks, Nike, Vulcan and Amazon, not gotten behind it? Corporate America plays a large role in government. In any case, Washington makes seven states. Forty-three to go!

  4. The Real Adam says:

    Sanity prevails in the Pacific Northwest.

    Interesting that Washington passed same-sex marriage but if we asked President Obama what he thinks about this historic action, our black president would say he opposes marriage equality and prefers separate but equal, domestic partnerships/civil unions.

  5. Eric Equality Kuntz says:

    Nicely done, Seattle.

  6. Marcus Ybanez says:

    I truly thought California would have gay marriage approved long ago leaving Washington and Oregon to play catch up.

    What happened? How can the legal challenge to Prop 8 STILL be tied up in the California courts? How long will this idiocy go on? I say, put it back on the November ballot and let voters get it approved once and for all and this time, lock the borders to the Mormon church and NOM.

  7. Rachel says:

    I find it ironic that New York and Washington can pass gay marriage before the great state of California. Thanks to an activist Mormon church, coupled with California’s ridiculous ballot and referendum process, the legal challenge to Prop 8 will be tied up in the courts for years. The only way out of this legal morass is to put marriage equality back on the ballot and have round two. Polls show it will pass this time. Prop 8 was nothing short of legalized discrimination. Why can’t the Ninth District Court comprehend what every legal scholar in California and Washington DC can comprehend?

  8. fran says:

    Once upon a time Oregon celebrated having gay marriage, people even got married- lots of them, then some out of state entity petitioned to have it thrown out- and won.
    Having gay marriage legalized state by state sucks. Every time you cross a state line, your marriage may or may not be recognized,
    It’s still sub par, and certainly not equal rights.
    Maybe that is how this will eventually be resolved…. someone married in one state has that right denied in another, winds up in a Supreme Court case over this exact issue.

  9. DMason says:

    I’m so proud of Washington for becoming the 7th U.S. state to make gay and lesbian couples equal to straight couples. I’m curious? Has anyone heard a peep out of President Barack “civil unions” Obama regarding this monumental achievement in Washington? I don’t recall hearing anything from the White House. Only crickets in an election year.

  10. Mauigirl says:

    Good news about Washington! And now if only New Jersey would follow suit; but our dear GOP governor says he’ll veto it. Fran, I agree. I think it has to eventually go to the Supreme Court just as mixed-race marriage did. It’s the equal protection under the law issue in my view…

  11. Randy Arroyo says:

    I like Seattle. I could easily live in Seattle but my employer never has openings in Seattle because everyone else likes Seattle too, so employees don’t leave. But I could see myself living there.

  12. fran says:

    Ugh! The very next day:
    With the bill seemingly headed for swift enactment, several parallel efforts by opponents are shaping up to rally Washington voters against the prospective law. Their options included two possible ballot measures in November — a referendum to repeal the gay marriage statute outright and an initiative defining marriage as being exclusively between one man and one woman.

    The National Organization for Marriage, which opposes same sex marriage, also has pledged to provide financial backing for conservative challengers to the four Republican senators who supported the bill when they run for reelection.

    Without the referendum challenge, a gay marriage law would take effect June 7, 90 days after the March 8 conclusion of the legislative session. If the referendum qualifies for the ballot, the law would be suspended until the November election and certification of the returns, meaning December 6, before it is either repealed or goes into effect.

    Under the initiative process by contrast, gay marriages could proceed June 7, regardless of the ballot-qualification process. It is unclear whether any unions officiated in the meantime would be nullified if Pidgeon’s measure were to pass in November.

    Evangelical Pastor Steven Andrew, president of the USA Christian Ministries in California, has called for a national boycott of Starbucks in response to the Seattle-based company’s endorsement of the gay marriage bill, and for Christians to stop serving the coffee brand at their facilities and events.

    Read more:

    National boycott of Starbucks??? Like that’s gonna happen.
    I’l take a Venti latte w Civil Rights please

  13. boyd k packer says:

    good for washington now the morman church will have to preform temple marrage for the gays in the bellvue temple..o what a wonderful day hay thomas s monsen lets celabrate this great daylook at all the tithing money this will bring in its great

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