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Gay Senator Ed Murray Speaks and Washington Senate Votes to Pass Marriage Equality Bill: VIDEO


Last night, just before the state Senate vote passing marriage equality, Senator Ed Murray took the floor and acknowledged that he would soon be marrying his partner Michael. AP:

Democratic Sen. Ed Murray, the bill's sponsor, said he knew same-sex marriage "is as contentious as any issue that this body has considered in its history."

Lawmakers who vote against gay marriage "are not, nor should they be accused of bigotry," he said.

"Those of us who support this legislation are not, and we should not be accused of, undermining family life or religious freedom," said Murray, a gay lawmaker from Seattle who has spearheaded past gay rights and domestic partnership laws in the state. "Marriage is how society says you are a family."

Murray mentioned his partner of more than 20 years — Michael Shiosaki — as he told his Senate colleagues before the vote "regardless of how you vote on this bill, an invitation will be in the mail" to their future wedding.

The Senate then voted 28 - 21 to pass the bill, setting the stage for the House vote (which is expected to be favorable) and the passage of marriage equality in Washington State.

Watch Murray speak and the roll call be taken, AFTER THE JUMP...


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  1. Great news.

    1 thing though - those who vote against equal civil rights (which is what marriage is) ARE bigots.

    And we all know that straight divorce undermines family life far more than same sex marriage.

    Posted by: Steve | Feb 2, 2012 7:23:36 AM

  2. I got the same chills as when I watched my home state New York pass marriage equality. But we need FEDERAL recognition as well!

    Posted by: Mark | Feb 2, 2012 8:48:36 AM

  3. Speaking of bigotry:
    Sen. Dan Swecker, R-Rochester, argued that the proposed law alters the definition of marriage and "will lead to the silencing of those who believe in traditional marriage."
    "It's ironic how a bill which purports to be about ending discrimination leaves the door open so far for discrimination going in the other direction," he said. "I'm extremely concerned that without additional protections, this legislation will create a hostile environment for those of us who believe in traditional marriage."
    If you substitute "traditional marriage" with "racism", that's precisely what has happened after the passage of civil rights acts in the 60's. It would be political suicide if he says something like that about racism in the 21th century.

    Posted by: simon | Feb 2, 2012 10:27:13 AM

  4. I'm glad it past but I wish people would stop excusing people who are opposed to same sex marriage. Guess what - they are bigots. If they believe two people who love each can't get married because they are the same gender, that bigotry. Plain and simple.

    Posted by: KP | Feb 2, 2012 10:38:25 AM

  5. I agree with Steve. I watched this whole debate last night and it is clearly only bigotry that stands in the way of equality.
    One of them said "we all know" that hetero couples are better for kids (how do we "all know" this again?). not long before the representative of San Juan Island stepped up to make an impassioned statement about how proud he was of his gay dad.
    Every leading professional organization in the social sciences in the civilized world agrees one combination of genders of parents is not superior to any other and that equal marriage rights hurt no one and are helpful to any kids that same-sex parents have.
    To ignore all evidence in favor of one's pre-determined opinion is the dictionary definition of bigotry.

    But I am very proud of where Washington state is headed. It was wonderful to watch a debate that will go down in Olympia's history as a step forward toward equal rights for everyone.

    Posted by: Gregv | Feb 2, 2012 10:41:54 AM

  6. I feel the same way as others here, that it IS bigotry because there's no rational reason for it. I think Murray probably feels that way too but he's "being the bigger man," which is probably the best tactic, far better than than the ridiculous "glitter-bombing." No wonder Romney waved at the person who threw glitter in him yesterday. He ought to send a thank you card too because that silly-@ss tactic just makes us look hysterical and childish while he looks like the victim. I'm not saying people shouldn't protest, just that they need to be smarter about it.

    Posted by: Caliban | Feb 2, 2012 11:48:59 AM

  7. Gay politicians should not be providing cover for anti-gay bigots.


    Posted by: Randy | Feb 2, 2012 1:25:44 PM

  8. Accusing misguided people of bigotry does not change minds. It might make you feel better, but it doesn't change minds. Ed (who is a friend) is right.

    Posted by: seattle mike | Feb 2, 2012 4:06:21 PM

  9. And another thing: Ed managed to get marriage equality passed in a state legislature so the man clearly knows what he's doing. Factor that into your rhetoric.

    Posted by: seattle mike | Feb 2, 2012 4:08:30 PM

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