Will Washington State Consider a Marriage Equality Bill?
September 2, 2011 by Marty Rouse, National Field Director
Earlier this week I traveled up the entire west coast of Washington meeting with several of the state’s openly LGBT legislators to discuss the prospects for passing a marriage equality bill next year. In Seattle, State Senator Ed Murray and State Representative Jamie Pedersen spoke passionately as well as strategically about the bill. In Tacoma, about 45 miles south of Seattle, State Representative Laurie Jinkins emphasized the need to engage the community at-large, including straight allies. Finally, on the southwestern tip of Washington, a stone’s throw from the Columbia River that separates Washington and Oregon, State Representative Jim Moeller and I shared a cup of coffee and a walk in a Vancouver Park that contains Salmon Run Bell Tower, a beautiful bell tower and glockenspiel.
While I was prepared for and heard from each of these fine legislators about the strong desire to move forward strategically, I was pleasantly surprised to learn of the passion each legislator has for the beauty and uniqueness of their local communities.
View the Seattle Times article on the marriage bill here.