Republican Maureen Walsh Speaks Out (Video)

Washington State debated and approved gay marriage this week.

And one speech from that debate really stands out; it came from Representative Maureen Walsh (Republican-Walla Walla) .

She ironically starts with,
“I donít wax as eloquently as most of the people on the floor here…”

She is too modest, because that evening she spoke honestly, passionately and brilliantly; her words were deeply personal, but also laced with sensitivity and humor.

She may be modest because it was not the ordinary highly crafted political speech. There are no apparently focus-grouped talking points or soundbites. There are no grand rhetorical flourishes, or choreographed crescendos or diminuendos.

But that is precisely what makes it great.

There is only a mother, who clearly is very proud of her lesbian daughter, who she calls a “fabulous kid.” She is a mom, who longs to throw her baby a real wedding, not a domestic partnership celebration. (She remarks “a ‘domestic partnership’ … frankly sounds like a Merry Maids franchise to me.”)

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204 comments

Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener4 years ago

Good on her... now the rest needs to wake up as well!

Jean  L. C.
Jean Corcoran4 years ago

I LOVE WATCHING THIS WOMAN ANNOUNCE HER LOVE FOR, RESPECT, LOVE, JUSTICE, FREEDOM AND DOING WHAT IS RIGHT FOR ALL OF US. I KNOW I HAVE ALREADY COMMENTED, I JUST CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF HEARING HER SAY WHAT WE ALL BELIEVE DEEP DOWN.

Kip Mapes
Kip Mapes4 years ago

Ty

Chris M.
Chris M.4 years ago

Wow. Wow. Incredibly moved by her candor, compassion, eloquence and integrity.

New G.
New G.4 years ago

Thank you.

Timothy S.
Timothy Stoesz4 years ago

It's heartening to see a conservative speaking HONESTLY about a REAL issue for once without throwing opposition blindly about, which is the state of our politics today...

Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin4 years ago

Great speech by a woman who reckognizes the values of those that fought before her. I wish she was part of the majority of politicians everywhere; sensitive to other's needs and able to see beyond party lines for the benefit of all. Congrats to the citizens of Washington State!

Jan W.
Jan W.4 years ago

Three cheers for Maureen Walsh. She is a loving mother and can see beyond her party's extreme faction rhetoric. She deserves reelection... and a great boyfriend.

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola4 years ago

Thanks for the article

Rebecca S.
Rebecca S.4 years ago

great for her for bravely speaking out.