HRC Celebrates Day 1 of Marriage Equality in Washington

by Charles Joughin

Today, a reminder of the imperative that all families be treated equally under the law

WASHINGTON – Today the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization celebrated the issuance of marriage licenses for gay and lesbian couples in Washington State.  After the passage of marriage legislation that was later affirmed by voters on Election Day, Washington becomes the seventh state where same-sex couples can receive civil marriage licenses.

“Today is a great day for all Washington families who now have the ability to make a lifelong commitment through marriage,” said HRC President Chad Griffin.  “The images of happy couples, many of whom have waited decades for this moment, remind the country of the imperative that all families be treated equally under the law, no matter where they live.  We celebrate today, and tomorrow we continue the important work of ensuring equality for all LGBT people in every corner of this vast country.”

HRC contributed more than $1.4 million to the legislative and ballot measure campaigns in Washington.  The organization played a central role in providing key campaign leadership, including the Chair of the Board and other staff.  HRC was also active in generating voter turnout, sending over 600,000 emails to supporters of marriage equality, and helping to recruit nearly 1,000 volunteers. 

Maine and Maryland will also soon allow same-sex couples the ability to marry, bringing the total number of states with marriage equality to nine, plus the District of Columbia.  If the Supreme Court affirms that California’s Proposition 8 is unconstitutional, over twenty-five percent of Americans will live in states where gay and lesbian couples can legally marry. 

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.


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