Washington State Passes Marriage Equality After 55-43 House Vote


Washington state has passed marriage equality after a 55-43 vote in the House. The bill will now go to Governor Chris Gregoire who introduced, and will sign it.

The Herald reports:

Sen. Ed Murray, D-Seattle, the prime sponsor of the bill passed today, and Gregoire watched the debate from the Democratic side of the chamber.

"It took the courage of many legislators who struggled with a difficult issue and decided to do what they believe is best for all Washingtonians to make today's historic vote possible," Murray said in a statement issued before the vote. "It will bring to an end what has been, for me, a 17-year-struggle in the Legislature to recognize the civil rights of gay and lesbian couples in our state.

"I expect a referendum on this issue, and I remain confident that, ultimately, marriage equality will be Washington's law," he said.

Eli Sanders at Seattle paper The Stranger has a liveblog if you'd like to read the archive, and info on what's next:

Once the governor signs the bill—which has to happen within five days of her receiving it from the legislature—referendum mayhem begins. The National Organization for Marriage recently told the Seattle Times that it will file for a referendum on gay marriage "before the ink is dry on the governor's signature." NOM—which spent millions to repeal marriage equality in California and Maine—will then have 90 days from March 8, the scheduled end of the legislative session, to work with its allies to gather 120,557 valid signatures in support of their referendum. If they don't get the required signatures, gay marriages could begin in mid-June. If they do get the signatures—which they probably will—we'll be voting on gay marriage in November. Assuming it passes, gay marriages will begin after the election is certified sometime in December. But don't get excited yet: No state has ever upheld same-sex marriage at the ballot.

Washington will now become the seventh state (New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire and Iowa, plus D.C.) to allow same-sex marriage.

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  1. Isn't NOM currently ignoring campaign finance court decisions in Washington state? Didn't they lose their case there? (It's on appeal, I suppose) How can they be allowed to participate in an election campaign when they are still breaking the law?

    Posted by: BobN | Feb 8, 2012 10:18:20 PM

  2. thanks UFFDA
    I'm just tired if it. Just because he got in doesn't mean our fight ended. Shame on anyone who thought it did. The fight will always be ours, now we happen to have a president who will sign things. Bush threatened to Veto everything pro gay. its ridiculous to think there's no difference between Obama and the republicans. You want to vote on economic issues fine do that but don’t bit-ch at me when we get nothing or worse. Angry gays need to get over it, he Never said it would happen in one term. Lets say he wins (I hope) it doesn’t end after his 2nd term. we then need to look for the next candidate who will stand with us and continue the fight, who knows maybe that will be a republican.

    I'm to liberal even for CT to run... However I know my reps and senators and local officials well. Joe Courtney, Democrat and I have met many times on DADT. He always supported repealing it but I never let him forget that. I was there with healthcare, I've met with him on Medicaid (the residents I work with depend on it), I've talked to him on Medicare as well. Joe said to me once laughing "you said that the last time you were here" I told him it bares repeating and kept going. Chris Couti is running against him this time, he's a state senator in Norwich CT. I debated with him on the phone walking the aisles of Wal-Mart talking about gay marriage and how when he says "family values" he means all but me. I asked him about DOMA, he's roughly my age 37 and he said "well to be honest I don’t know much about it, I'm a fiscal hawk". After the ringing left my ears I politely reminded him as my representative I Expect him to know and understand, he is responsible to represent CT on ALL issues. I told him he doesn’t get a hall pass every time a social issues comes up. Bottom line he's for one man one woman, from CT who has gay marriage...
    He then told me he has a barber, who's gay, and was talking to him about the transgender bill that came up. He said this guy told him that "they are not really apart of the community and that the act was not really needed". So now I want to get my hair license so I can tell politicians how to vote. He of course would not tell me who this guy was, I needed a hair cut to.
    Anyone that runs in my area I call them and ask, I want them to know I'm hear and that it matters to me, my parents, my brothers and friends. you have to do that kind of stuff. they have to know that we're real and we have families. go to the capital and protest. Letters to editor are huge, we all should be doing that. I have to walk my -ss off for Joe this time, I don’t want Chris in there. Joe is 100% pro gay we need him, I need him and I remind him of that.

    On a side note... Chris is Cute!!

    Posted by: GeorgeM | Feb 8, 2012 10:31:21 PM

  3. So happy this passed . However, I just hate NOM so much. Oh wait I am being intolerant of their religious freedom. I really wish out of state interest like NOM were not allowed to funnel millions into states to take away our rights. Maybe just maybe this time we will win at the ballot box by the thinest of margins. WA will need a gutsy campaign not afraid to show real people who need marriage equality.

    Posted by: Tom in long beach | Feb 9, 2012 3:02:59 AM

  4. Hello good Washington people and congratulations on your new law! Now to gear up for the fight which we went through 3 years ago here in Maine and to be honest, I still haven't recovered from it. If anyone has any opportunity to see "Question 1: The Movie," you must. It tells the story of what we went through in Maine, from both sides of the campaign. It's very telling and really shows that "Yes on 1" was not a home-grown effort. NOM still has not disclosed its donors even though they keep losing in court and are breaking the law. I have no doubt you will all go through the same thing in the coming months. I just fervently hope that *this* time the outcome will be different. I also hope that the tide goes the right way for us here in Maine, this time, too.

    Posted by: Dev | Feb 9, 2012 8:29:26 AM

  5. So, what is being done NOW to win this at the ballot box?

    Posted by: Lucas | Feb 9, 2012 8:33:10 AM

  6. Hey Dev: PLEASE keep the faith. Maine was tough, but remember, NONE of the marriage equality supporters are going to change their mind. The other side keeps losing votes (either because they die off faster or because they realize they're not haters). We need less than 17,000 Mainers to change their mind: that works out to fewer than 6,000 each year. We are winning this fight. It is happening everyday.
    We need to win by larger margins along the Coast and make additional inroads throughout the rest of the state. Work hard and we can celebrate a couple of big wins this November!

    Posted by: TruthSeeker_Too | Feb 9, 2012 10:21:35 AM

  7. I would like to congratulate all of the beautiful women who would like to meet and Marry a beautiful women

    Posted by: Lea Lee | Feb 28, 2012 12:17:05 AM

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