Gay Marriage Legalized in Washington State

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Opponents of same-sex marriages hope to put the law on hold

The fights between people for and against gay marriages continue, but for Washington State; a celebration lies for those that believe in same-sex matrimonies.

Governor Chris Gregoire, a Democratic and a Roman Catholic, signed a law legalizing gay marriage in Washington State on Feb. 13, making it the seventh in the nation to allow gay and lesbian couples to wed.

 

The new law (effective on June 7) will allow same-sex couples to wed. The battle between gay rights activists and those people opposing gay marriages continue.

“I don’t understand why people care about what other people do with their personal lives,” Anna Urbanova campus affairs senator said.

“People are arguing over how marriage is sacred and only for heterosexual couples, but divorce is against the Bible too,” Urbanova said.

Opponents of gay marriages in Washington filed Referendum 73, which means they need to collect more than 120,577 valid voter signatures by June 7 to put the law on hold.

The Preserve Marriage Washington (PMW) group is estimated to spend between two to six million dollars on their campaign against gay marriage. PMW hopes to force the issue to a November 2012 voter referendum.

According to the PMW website, marriage is a union between a man and a woman for life, and part of Washington State’s historical understanding and definition of marriage.

“I love all my friends the same; gay and straight, but it doesn’t mean I support same-sex marriages,” Veronica Garcia committee senator said.

“Everybody is entitled to his or her own opinions,” Garcia added.

According to the Equal Rights Washington website, gays and lesbians are entitled the same rights as heterosexuals to wed. The organization is committed to educate the public and advocate for equality for all of Washington’s families.

Washington joins six other states legalizing same-sex matrimonies–New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont and New Hampshire. Maryland will become the 8th state in the nation to legalize gay marriage.

According to the Gay Marriage Research website, a 2000 census shows Seattle, WA as the second highest Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) concentration by a major metropolitan city with a 12.9%; second only to San Francisco, CA.

Washington State Governor Chris Gregroire tells The Washington Post news reporter Tracy Simmons: “If asked, the voters of Washington State will say yes to marriage equality… I believe Washingtonians know it’s time to give our gay and lesbian couples the right to a marriage license.”

“Today is a day that historians will mark as a milestone for equal rights,” Gov. Gregoire said.

For more information on the Preserve Marriage Washington, go to website: http://preservemarriagewashington.com

For additional information on Equal Rights Washington, go to website: http://www.equalrightswashington.org/

 

Written by Eileen Quackenbush