Washington Becomes 7th State To Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

Equality for All - photo by Mel Green

There have been many victories for gay rights in the past week.

Last week California’s same-sex marriage ban, prop 8, was ruled unconstitutional. Today the New Jersey Senate passed a same-sex marriage bill, although it still needs to pass the NJ House and Governor Chris Christie says he will veto it. Also today, Washington state became the 7th state to legalize same-sex marriage when Governor Christine Gregoire signed the bill into law.

Washington’s same-sex marriage legislation does not go into effect until June and it’s certain that opponents are working to find ways to stop it from being implemented, even resorting to repeal through ballot measure.

From Yahoo / Reuters:

Opponents of the statute have vowed to seek its repeal through a ballot measure at the polls in November that could delay enactment further or halt it entirely.

Gregoire, a Democrat and a Catholic, signed Washington’s measure to raucous applause during a ceremony in the ornate reception room of the Olympia statehouse, declaring, “This is a very proud moment. … I’m proud of who and what we are as a state.”

Several dozen protesters, including members of the group Knights of Columbus, stood silently in the Capitol Rotunda overlooking the reception hall holding signs with slogans espousing marriages of “one man, one woman.”

Opponents of same-sex marriage are narrow-minded and all too willing to impose their religion on others.

It doesn’t matter if a majority are against it, we don’t put rights up for a vote in this country!


photo by Mel Green via Flickr

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