January 05, 2012
may become legal in Washington state. Gov. Chris Gregoire said Wednesday she wants Washington to become the
seventh state in the nation to permit same sex couples to marry.
She said at a news
conference she'll introduce legislation that, if passed, would allow gay and lesbian couples to marry in
Washington. In 2009 the Legislature passed, and voters later upheld, a bill that greatly expanded the rights of
same-sex domestic partners. That measure was known as the "everything but marriage" bill. Nearly 19,000
people in Washington state are registered as domestic partners.
Of course, gay marriage
brings out strong opinions. Some groups are very much in favor, and other groups vehemently much oppose gay
Today we will look at the issue from both sides. In November, a coalition called
Washington United for Marriage announced it would lobby the Legislature to approve a gay marriage this year. Equal
Rights Washington is a member of that coalition and lobbies in support of gay marriage. Isaac Kaplan-Woolner spoke
with Director of Marriage Equality Josh Friedes by phone.
The legislature is set to
reconvene for its regular session next week.