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Governors Voice Support for Marriage Equality

Post submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Washington state Governor Christine Gregoire are speaking out powerfully in favor of marriage equality.

In her remarks supporting marriage equality in the Evergreen State, Governor Gregoire said “it’s time, it’s the right thing to do, and I will introduce a bill to do it. I say that as a wife, a mother, a student of the law, and above all as a Washingtonian with a lifelong commitment to equality and freedom. Some say domestic partnerships are the same as marriage. That’s a version of the discriminatory ‘separate but equal’ argument.”

"Our gay and lesbian families face the same hurdles as heterosexual families -- making ends meet, choosing what school to send their kids to, finding someone to grow old with, standing in front of friends and family and making a lifetime commitment," Gregoire continued.

Watch the Governor’s remarks online in their entirety.

HRC is a leading member of the Washington United for Marriage coalition – a broad statewide coalition of organizations, congregations, unions and business associations working to obtain civil marriage for lesbian and gay couples in the Evergreen State. Read more about the coalition’s work.

Governor Cuomo touched on last year’s historic marriage equality victory in New York during his State of the State address today, saying: “For decades, millions of New Yorkers had been treated as second-class citizens by their own government. We ended that injustice....with this historic victory, New York is the largest state in the nation to grant same-sex couples the freedom to marry.”

Watch Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address.

Learn more about HRC’s efforts to advance marriage equality nationwide.

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