Steve Litzow is First GOP Washington State Senator to Come Out in Support of Marriage Equality Bill

The marriage equality bill announced by Governor Chris Gregoire last week in Washington State now has GOP support in the state senate. Freshman Senator Steve Litzow says he's there, the Seattle Times reports:

Litzow"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.

The paper adds: "An individual lawmaker has thought an issue through and decided to take a stand. His announcement should prompt other Republicans to make the same decision. It is time to legalize same-sex marriage in this state. Litzow's announcement helps Democrats and Republicans reach that milestone. Senators or representatives who have been waffling should step up and join him."