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Washington Gay Marriage Votes Within Reach?

Washington Gay Marriage Votes Within Reach?

 

The Associated Press has conducted a brief tally of support for same-sex marriage among Washington’s senators, finding that the votes to pass Governor Gregoire’s proposed legislation may be within reach.

Any bill to legalize marriage equality will require 25 votes in the Senate, something that a Democratic majority of 27-22 should bolster but, due to the polarizing nature of the same-sex marriage debate, does not secure.

This from the Associated Press:

In contacts with all 49 senators over the past week, The Associated Press found that more lawmakers are now firmly supporting gay marriage than opposing it. That margin currently stands at 22-18, and the measure needs 25 votes to pass the Senate.

There are at least five Democrats that say they are considering the bill with two having indicated they are leaning toward favoring the bill. Of the others, Sens. Brian Hatfield of Raymond, Jim Kastama of Puyallup and Paull Shin of Edmonds, who opposed domestic partnership legislation just a few years ago, have said they are considering the options.

Other Democratic lawmakers have said that they would only consider supporting the legislation if it includes provisions for a public referendum.

Republican state senator Steve Litzow of Mercer Island has said he will support the legislation, and now Cheryl Pflug of Maple Valley has also added her Republican vote. There are also two first-term members of the GOP who say they are still discussing the issue with constituents.

The Washington state House, with a 56-42 Democratic majority, is expected to have enough support to pass a same-sex marriage bill.

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

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9:01AM PST on Jan 24, 2012

I think Gays and Lesbins should have the right to be married, it is not something I would want to do, but I always say to each their own.
If they are living in unity, then they are facing the same situations as the traditional man and woman being married.
There are so many things in this country to worry about, why are we dwelling on this in Congress?? It does not belong there.

10:38AM PST on Jan 14, 2012

Kudos to Governor Gregoire.
I am proud to live in Washington state.
It is time we recognised that gays and lesbians
deserve the same rights as heterosexual couples.
Prejudice is just another word for ignorance, and not
thinking outside the box.

9:24PM PST on Jan 13, 2012

And liberty and justice for some!

8:25PM PST on Jan 13, 2012

A class in RESPECT AND RESPONSIBILITY should be taught from Grade one to graduation, children should be taught that anything is permissible as long as it does not hurt themselves or anybody else. Common sense would dictate that if children are taught at a very early age that every child has their own strengths and weaknesses and that they should use their strengths to help not tease or bully others.
Later on Sex Education should be taught from Contraceptives, Masturbation,LGBT and all forms of sex. Let us face it whether we like it or not children are curious and are having sex earlier and earlier. They should be taught the joys and the consequences of having sex ( Pregnancy,STD, AIDS ) But you say when will this be taught. Cut out Geography or History early on then put it back in and remove Geometry and Algebra. They can learn this in college if need be. I believe this is a solution. Nipping it in the Bud so that Bullying, Sexual Assault, and many others will be greatly diminished if not eradicated. It is my belief that when children graduate with these principals where they are taught RESPECT for themselves and others and to take RESPONSIBILITY for their actions. Within a few generations this world would be a much better place to live in.

10:47AM PST on Jan 13, 2012

Equality through Civil Unions. Marriage for Man and Woman!..

9:27AM PST on Jan 13, 2012

Charli S. I think you are right! Why is marriage included in any laws anyway! Has nothing to do with government and only has to do with religion! religion and politics should NEVER be combined! Look across the ocean and you can see why!

5:41AM PST on Jan 13, 2012

It will not take too many more states allowing equality before we start getting movement at the national level.

1:41PM PST on Jan 12, 2012

I hope for the best.. :)

1:41PM PST on Jan 12, 2012

I hope for the best.. :)

1:38PM PST on Jan 12, 2012

thanks for sharing

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