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GOP Senator Supports Washington Marriage Equality Bill

GOP Senator Supports Washington Marriage Equality Bill


Republican state senator Steve Litzow has announced that he will support Governor Christine Gregoire’s same-sex marriage legislation, making Litzow the first GOP member of the Washington legislature to do so.

Litzow recently revealed his support to The Seattle Times:

“I am a traditional Republican,” explained Litzow. “When you think about gay marriage, it’s the right thing to do and it’s very consistent with the tenets of being a Republican — such as individual freedom and personal responsibility.”

Litzow is not an activist on social issues, but is a big supporter of education reform. He also is a suburban businessman, married with four children, who believes in treating all citizens fairly. He believes that if two adults of the same gender wish to commit to each other, the state should not discriminate, period. He is correct.

Four Republican lawmakers in New York, who helped same-sex marriage pass in June of last year, used similar language to voice their support for equal marriage rights.

It is hoped that LItzow’s breaking with party conference may be enough to sway other Republicans who would not have made such a bold move alone.

Democrats have a 27-22 majority in the Washington Senate and enjoy a 56-42 majority in the House, but Republican support is especially important given that some conservative Democrats previously joined Republicans in opposing the state’s domestic partnership law.

The state’s 60-day legislative session began on Monday.

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5:34AM PDT on May 4, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

8:07AM PDT on Apr 21, 2012

I couldn't be more surprised. The senator is correct, but that he broke from the socially conservative repub line, is amazing to me.

9:10AM PST on Jan 16, 2012

One bonus point for the good senator. What other un-republican views does he express?

1:15PM PST on Jan 15, 2012

It's good to know that some Republicans can think for themselves on issues and not follow the party line. Thank you, Steve Litzow!

11:12AM PST on Jan 14, 2012

Thank goodness there is actually a Republican that has a conscience and a heart.

2:17PM PST on Jan 12, 2012

You should have said in you caption that he is a State Senator...big difference from U. S. Senator.

10:46PM PST on Jan 11, 2012

Thanks for the information.

10:44PM PST on Jan 11, 2012

Finally a republican on the correct track.

8:45PM PST on Jan 11, 2012

One Republican is not all bad.

8:08PM PST on Jan 11, 2012

Republicans are not bad after all.

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