Washington State Passes Freedom to Marry Bill
Heads up to people who want to impose their religious beliefs on the rest of us:
Moments ago on a 55 to 43 vote, the Washington House joined in the State Senate in passing legislation that will extend marriage to gay and lesbian couples. Today’s passage of HB 2516 positions Washington to become the seventh state to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage.
Governor Gregoire, who was instrumental in passing this legislation, is expected to sign the bill into law shortly. However, opponents of the freedom to marry have until June 6th to turn in the necessary signatures to file for a referendum that would put marriage on the ballot this coming November. Should they file a referendum with a sufficient number of verified signatures, the law would not be implemented until after the election.
Undoubtedly Republicans will gather signatures to put this issue on the ballot. The Republican rank and file is bored to tears with their already-anointed presidential candidate so a November vote might help motivate them to get out of bed on Election Day.