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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