Last week the Washington State legislature passed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in the State of Washington and earlier today, Governor Christine Gregoire signed that bill into law. Washington today becomes the 7th state in the US where same-sex marriage is legal. The law will not go into effect until June and opponents of marriage equality are already planning their attempts to overturn the law but … no matter … today is another day of jubilation and celebration of the advancement of equal rights for all in this country.
Gov. Chris Gregoire handed gay rights advocates a major victory, signing into law a measure that legalizes same-sex marriage in Washington state, making it the seventh in the nation to allow gay and lesbian couples to wed. Gregoire signed the bill surrounded by gay rights supporters. “I’m proud our same-sex couples will no longer be treated as separate but equal,” she said. It’s a historic moment, but same-sex couples can’t walk down the aisle just yet. The law takes effect June 7, but opponents on multiple fronts already are preparing to fight. Opponents planned to file a challenge Monday that could put the law on hold pending the outcome of a November vote. Separately, an initiative was filed at the beginning of the session that opponents of gay marriage say could lead to the new law being overturned. The state reception room at the Capitol was packed with gay rights supporters and at least 40 lawmakers from the House and Senate. Sen. Ed Murray, a Seattle Democrat who is gay and has sponsored gay rights legislation for years, told the cheering crowd: “My friends, welcome to the other side of the rainbow. No matter what the future holds, nothing will take this moment away from us” … Gregoire’s signature comes nearly a week after a federal appeals court declared California’s ban on gay marriage unconstitutional, saying it was a violation of the civil rights of gay and lesbian couples … Gay marriage is legal in New York, Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Washington, D.C.
Today is another historic day for the United States of America. While the forces of evil work toward denying and stripping away rights to US citizens, we can be proud and grateful today that there are those who work toward securing the rights of EVERYONE in this country. As always, I must remind you, we still have a long way to go before the right to marry is enjoyed by all citizens in the entire US but we are getting there … most assuredly, we are getting there. Congratulations and thanks goes out to the people of Washington for helping the advancement of civil rights in this country. Job very well done, Washingtonians :)