BREAKING: Washington State Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

It’s been a great week for equality! A day after California’s 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a ruling that called Proposition 8 unconstitutional, news broke that Washington state lawmakers have approved same-sex marriage.

Reuters reports that the measure was passed in the state House of Representatives by a 55-43 vote late Wednesday, after a 28-21 passage in the Senate last week. Governor Christine Gregoire is expected to sign the bill into law sometime next week.

LGBT Washington residents and activists around the country are hailing the vote as another victory.

“I would like our four children to understand … that their daddy and their papa have made that lifelong commitment to each other,” said Rep. Jamie Pedersen, the bill’s Democratic sponsor. “Thousands of same-sex couples in our state deserve the respect and protection from our government that only marriage can convey.”

Equality opponents have vowed to overturn the measure with a voting initiative. Reuters reports that House Republicans tried unsuccessfully to amend the bill with a mandate to automatically put the issue on the November ballot.

Once signed, the law will take effect in June.

Washington will become the seventh state to legally recognize same-sex marriage, following in the footsteps of New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire and Iowa.

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123 comments

Jackie Agusta
Jackie Agusta4 years ago

Fantastic news, well done :-)

Amanda Goodwin
Amanda Goodwin4 years ago

great news. thanks

Lynn C.
Lynn C.4 years ago

Good for them!

Ellen Mccabe
Ellen m.4 years ago

Sharon, Tina C. still has her profile up, if she's the one from Pembroke, Georgia.
And she joined in May 2009, and has 2 butterfly points...she was to stupid to even click for her 20 with each comment she spewed..definitely a troll :-)
But this news is to good for even people like her to spoil...and since this law cannot be taken away thanks to the prop 8 decision, her head may have exploded'
A two-for day!

William Eagle
Bill Eagle4 years ago

The State of Oregon passed a similar law a couple years ago. The resulted in an avalanche of outside money pouring into Oregon promoting an initiative to reverse this law. Most of the money came from the Mormon Church. Their big money succeeded in achieving their objective. Gays can no longer marry in Oregon.

Lindy E.
Belinda E.4 years ago

If you haven't seen this video, VIEW IT NOW! And share it with everyone you can. The most eloquent expression of what marriage is all about.

Marriage is not about sex. You can get all the sex you want from random partners.

Marriage is not just about children (although it does tend to lead to them).

Marriage is about love, and commitment, and wanting to be responsible for each other for life.

Ellen Mccabe
Ellen m.4 years ago

I started to read all the comments, trolls and haters included, and then said to myself...Hell no, not today...
I am a Washingtonian and no one is going to put a damper on the glorious happiness that i am feeling over this wonderful new law of ours!!!

Lord knows they're always going to be here, unfortunately.

Dijana D.
Dijana D.4 years ago

YES!!!!

Sharon H.
Sharon H.4 years ago

Here's what I posted on another thread....it seems Tina C has indeed gone away, but she/he will be back.

I've been a member of Care2 a long time and have come to recognize the signs of a troll. They always join to comment on a particular subject and their comments are always hate filled.When you check their profile you see they just joined that day and then for some reason, never show up again. They also love to get people to respond to them in a negative manner because that really fuels whatever ego demon they have inside them. We have a new one here today and I really don't need to point out who it is. This person is probably also the same person as we've seen come and go on this topic before and will show up again as someone new. The names are different but their message is always identical. They probably need their "normal" fix to keep telling themselves they're not like those "perverts".....even though they are. It's always the ones who are the most vocal and vicious who are the ones in denial. We've seen it time and time again.

Sorry to be off topic, but I felt this needed to be addressed. Ignore the troll. Let it rant and condemn all it wants. Notice how quickly it answered someone who responded to it so it's just waiting for another response. Don't feed it.



Sharon H.
Sharon H.4 years ago

I outed Tina C on another thread as a troll and she tucked tail and fled. She only joined today and once outed, removed her profile. She's probably not even a she. Before you respond to a hater like her/him...check their profile page and if they just joined today, please ignore them as they are a troll who has come here to disrupt. Call them out for what they are if necessary, but don't feed into their game.