January 05, 2012
Gay marriage 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
She said at a news conference she'll introduce legislation that, if passed,
would allow gay and lesbian couples to wed. 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 oppose the bill.
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. We spoke with Director of Marriage Equality Josh Friedes.
We also reached Pastor
Ken Hutchinson of Kirkland’s Antioch Bible Church, spokesman for a newly formed coalition opposed to gay
marriage in Washington.
The legislature is set to reconvene for its regular session next