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Washington House of Representatives votes for gay marriage

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  1. Here we go for another round of hissy fits from the delusional “people of faith” agenda as another State of the Union moves into the 21st Century. Congratulations to all in Washington who supported equality and the Constitution.

  2. jamestoronto 9 Feb 2012, 2:20am

    Way to go Washington!!! The march to equality may seem painfully slow at times but it does move forward. Victories like this makes it all worthwhile.

  3. God Bless them pray all LGBT people can marry there.

    1. Keep your ‘god bless’ and your prayers they had nothing to do with the fact that marriage equality is a fact in Washington. In fact ‘god bless’ and prayer is the thing that motivates the delusional ‘people of faith’ to try and keep gay people as far from equality as they can get us.

      1. Agreed.

        This is a civil rights issue.

        Civil marriage has NOTHING to do with ‘god’.

        1. @dAVID, and do you propose an unequal society in which gay-friendly religious organisations (like the Quakers etc) are entited to elgal recognition for the opposite-sex marriages they perform but not the same-sex ones? The LGBT community deserves better than that. Please let’s not stop short of equality.

          1. Religious marriage has no legal recognition unless the civil register is also signed, so your point is moot.

            Religions can continue to refuse to perform marriages for whoever they like (try getting remarried in church if you’re a divorced straight catholic for example.)

            ‘God’ has nothing to do with legal recognition of marriage.

  4. Where’s Matthew? He always comes into these stories and tells us “it’ll never happen”, even when it is right before his eyes.

    LOL! La-La-La sailing down Denial River….

  5. GingerlyColors 9 Feb 2012, 9:04am

    Well done Washington but you are not out of the woods just yet. The anti-gay brigade will no doubt try to introduce a proposition which could be voted on during the forthcoming Presidential Election in which voters have the say in a wide range of issues as well as who is going to be the next President. Should such a Proposition be put to the voters, I just hope that the good people of Washington reject it. Furthermore the recent Court ruling in California may prevent this new gay marriage law from being overturned. Currently six states have gay marriage and now Washington is set to join them and hopefully California will rejoin the club making eight, plus the District of Columbia. This 16% of the states will have gay marriage. Once this figure gets to 13 states (26%) then any attempt to bring in a an ammendment to the US Constitution against gay marriages will be virtually impossible as 75% (38) states have to ratify such a move.

  6. Tnis is good news but it will be about a year at the earliest before a gay couple can enjoy their full civil rights in Washington State.

    The christian lunatics at the National Organisation for Marriage need 120,000 signatures opposing equality to make this decision subject to a referendum. They have 90 days in which to collect signatures. No marriages will happen during this time.

    Then it will be put to a referendum.

    If this referendum goes in our favour we can start to marry in December/January.

    Bear in mind however that in the USA no state has ever voted to allow LGBT equality.

    Let’s hope that Washingtonians are less rabidly bigotted than the majority of voters in California.

    Good news though.

    A momenttum seems to be building.

    And it’s such a shame that Obama is still being too opportunistic and spineless to support full civil rights for gay people.

    1. They need to get those signatures first. NOM’s ability to motivate its supporters is waning. Even religious types are coming to realise that marriage equality doesn’t lessen anything, least of all their own faith.

      As for no state ever voting for equality, one state has to be first. The momentum is moving in the right direction across all of the Blue states. If Prop 8 were up in California this year it would fail. Washington voters in polls look to be in favour of a pro-equality outcome by a large margin, and Maine is increasingly shifting towards a pro-equality stance. Big change is coming, that’s why the likes of Santorum are wanting to amend the Federal Constitution. It’s their only chance to stop the equality train before it reaches its destination :-)

      1. Yes but 120,000 signatures is so very easy to achieve in a state with 6,800,000 people.

        Remember how christian the US is. – the catholics and mormons and baptists and the orthodox jews and the other toxic cults will mobilise their victims and those 120,000 will be in the bag very quickly.

        It’s not pessimistic to expect a referendum on this issue – it is almost guaranteed.

        Washi

        1. Jen Marcus 9 Feb 2012, 12:50pm

          FYI: David according to a recent PEW research study R something like 67% of US Roman Catholics support same sex marriage and equal rights for LGBT people.Its the hierarchy that have their “panties in a bunch!”

      2. Robert in S. Kensington 9 Feb 2012, 12:53pm

        I was under the impression New York state was the first to legislate for marriage equality and won on the second introduction of the bill? The remaining 5 states gained marriage equality by court intervention I believe that allowed some of them to have ballot initiatives to overturn the courts’ decisions legalising same-sex marriage? Maybe I’m wrong?

        1. Marriage equality was not the subject of a referendum in New York State though.

          1. Robert in S. Kensington 9 Feb 2012, 3:17pm

            I know it wasn’t, there is no provision for that, but NOM et al are going to try and overturn it which won’t succeed. It would take a state constitutional convention in New York to do that and can take many many months and hundreds of millions of dollars. That’s not going to happen at tax-payers’ expense.

            The recent 9th circuit’s decision in California might be able to shoot down a referendum in Washington state because it too is part of the 9th circuit jurisdiction. There quite a few of them, I believe, Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.

  7. This law, like the law “On prohibition of Holocaust denial”. And here and there, settled the charges, and may not be justified.

    The creator of the law – the ruling party “United Russia”, has long held a sign of equality between homosexuals, drug addicts and pedophiles. For these people, homosexuality – the evil.

    For the complete victory over homosexuality will be a federal ban on “propaganda of homosexuality.”

    If this happens, the Russian Internet ban all sites directly or indirectly devoted to homosexuality. Shut down all the ways of online dating for gays, begin to censor gay messages in microblogs.

    If, together with human rights organizations do not file a collective complaint to the Strasbourg Court of Human Rights, homosexuality in Russia – banned.

    This is not a ban of homosexual sex, this a ban on discussion of homosexuality, gay dating, gays in public, and so on.

    The Russian authorities do not help, the only hope for human rights organizations and international media.

    1. Possibly time to start thinking about countries like this who have bigger problems than we do?

      I feel for the gay population of Russia

  8. In the name of full disclosure, I think it’s important to acknowledge that we married gays are, in fact, committed to destroying Traditional Marriage and tearing asunder the very fabric of society. Moreover, we employ a variety of questionable tactics; we recruit children to our lifestyle, we have drug-riddled sex parties each night, and we lead a generally Godless existence. Oh, and we sacrifice small animals at the full moon and drink their blood too (but nothing that’s endangered because we’re huge fans of the job-killing EPA).

    To learn more about our evil plot, please visit us on the web at: http://www.mymarriageruinsyours.wordpress.com

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