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A Chance for Marriage Equality in WA State

Post submitted by Adrian Matanza, Former HRC Regional Field Director

This week, symbolically on Valentine’s Day, Washington State Senator Ed Murray of Seattle introduced legislation that would allow gays and lesbians to legally marry in the state.

Jim Moeller of Vancouver introduced similar legislation in the House yesterday. On Valentine ’s Day back in 1998, the legislature overrode Governor Locke’s veto and approve the Defense of Marriage Act. This year, the legislature has a chance to make things right. You can read more about the legislation on Sen. Murray’s blog here. Back in 2009, I had the opportunity to work with Equal Rights Washington to protect legislation that added benefits to the existing domestic partnership law.

The Referendum 71 campaign was successful that year and expanded the rights offered to same-sex couples to that of opposite-sex couples. It would be great again to see Washington continue the history of advancing equality and be the next state to offer marriage to loving, committed, same-sex couples. We are partnering with Equal Rights Washington for their Annual Lobby Day on March 22nd in Olympia. This is your opportunity to thank Sen. Murray and Rep. Moeller and to urge your legislators to do the right thing. For more information on getting involved and making sure your voice is heard in Olympia, click here.

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