On Wednesday Governor Chris Gregoire is going to put a legislation forward, which will legalize marriage for lesbian and gay partners.
On Monday, the proposal will be introduced at the start of the legislative session. If the proposal is approved, then that would make Washington the seventh state to allow gay couples to get married.
Gregoire spoke in front of a crowd who supports gay marriage. According to the Seattle Times, Gregoire told the crowd that she supports same-sex couples right to get a marriage license in Washington. She told the crowd that now is the time to do the right thing, and she is ready to introduce the bill that will allow the right thing to happen.
Gregoire spoke to the crowd for about 20 minutes. She gave moral and legal reasons for the measure taken and she also spoke of how her own personal views have changed over the years.
According to the Chicago Tribune, same-sex marriage is outlawed in more than 40 states. Massachusetts, New York, Vermont, Connecticut, Iowa and New Hampshire are six states that allow same-sex marriages. The District of Columbia also allows gay marriage.
A bill is not certain to pass though, regardless of Democrats holding the majorities in both of Washington state’s chambers. The reason for this is because there are Democrats who are conservative and they have took the sides of the Republicans on the issue.
According to the Los Angeles Times, activists against and for gay marriage are ready to turn the state of Washington into a battle zone for the fight. Two of the groups are National Organization for Marriage, which is based in Washington, D.C., and Washington United for Marriage, which is based in Seattle.
The executive of the Family Policy Institute of Washington in Lynnwood, Washington is Joseph Backholm. Backholm said that he will personally lobby the bill.
Backholm said that the main function of marriage is to create a likelihood that kids born out of marriage, will end up being raised by their father and mother. Backholm also said that affirming relationships involving adults is not the reason that marriage exists, and never was the reason for it.