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Washington Governor: Signing gay marriage law is my proudest moment

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  1. Bravo, Governor Chris Gregoire, bravo.

  2. Good luck to all people in Washington State. Your Parliament has done a wonderful thing!

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 14 Feb 2012, 12:50pm

      Brenton, the U.S. doesn’t have a parliamentary system. It’s a federal republic, each state having its own government consisting of Assemblies and Senates. The federal government consists of the House of Representatives and the Senate where bills are introduced in the House and passed to the Senate for a vote to enact them.

      1. His comment was made in the spirit of respect and esteem. I can easily understand his error in phrasing.

        1. jamestoronto 14 Feb 2012, 5:35pm

          Exactly. An innocent slip of words. I have lost count of how many times in the US media our Prime Minister is referred to as the President of Canada or how often our Parliament is called the Canadian Congress.

  3. As the UK seems to take its lead in everything from what the USA does these days (who to pick a war with, what is ‘best’ for any given country, etc) perhaps that ‘Special Relationship’ has come one step closer to giving us Brits marriage equality instead of the second class status currently afforded by Civil Partnerships.

    Could the days of those of us in same sex relationships having to campaign against the “You can ride the bus, but only at the back” be numbered?

    I very much doubt it, given the beliefs of the major contributors to UK Political Party funds, but I live in hope. In any case, FAIR PLAY Washington, and GO GO Chris Gregoire! You go, girl!

    1. GingerlyColors 14 Feb 2012, 7:15am

      What we need is a ‘gay’ Rosa Parks.

    2. Robert in S. Kensington 14 Feb 2012, 1:02pm

      Marriage equality in six hopefully soon to be eight states hasn’t really propelled the UK in that direction. The Liberal Democrats were the first party to adopt marriage equality as official policy without any influence from the U.S. If any influence has been wielded, it’s more likely to be from other EU countries who have led the charge before the first state in America legalised it in 2004.. Holland was the first in 2000, followed by Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Norway, Sweden, Denmark next month I believe. Iceland too has legalised it. Of course, we also have Canada, Argentina and Mexico City.

      I prefer to look on the positive side. I think we in the UK will win sooner rather than later. We’ve had civil partnerships for several years. The sky hasn’t fallen and it hasn’t affected anyone’s lives, relationships or heterosexual marriages, religious or civil. Religious ninnies can bleat and rant all they want. it’s coming whether they like it or not and they know it.

      1. The positive of Marriage equality in the US States whether present or future unfortunately fall short of actually equality and to those abroad may be misrepresented.

        On the State level (where legal) Marriage equality allows partners of any sex to enter into a union of Marriage. The status of being married affords to those partners legal rights and protection previously denied.

        On a Federal level NO same sex marriage is recognized by the Federal government. This discrimination denies tax benefits, pensions, veterans benefits, immigration and parental rights along with a long list of other exclusions still leave America behind other countries where a marriage is a marriage and the rights, benefits or entitlements are not discriminatory regardless of the sexes of the partners

  4. Excellent woman.

  5. GingerlyColors 14 Feb 2012, 7:17am

    Over to you now, New Jersey. Seven states down, 43 to go.

  6. George Broadhead 14 Feb 2012, 7:43am

    I don’t think the arch homophobe in the Vatican will be very pleased, especially as one of his flock is behind this move.

  7. Do you mean the unelected Baroness Warsi George. She’s over there in the Vatican canoodling with the Pope as we speak!!!!

    1. Along with International Development Minister Alan Duncan, Energy Minister Greg Barker. Despite Duncan and Barker being openly gay. Religion must be given a greater role in public life to push back a wave of “intolerant secularisation”, Cabinet minister Baroness Warsi will argue during an official visit to The Vatican. I suspect that there is no possibility that either of the two gay ministers will be arguing against the intolerant Catholics that have helped to make gay people’s lives a misery over many long years. Neither Wasi nor the Catholic Church will stop the movement for enlightenment and equality.

      1. “Labour has scrapped section 28 which was introduced by the Conservatives to stop schools promoting alternative sexual lifestyles such as homosexuality to children as young as seven years old… now schools are allowed and do promote homosexuality and other alternative sexual lifestyles to your children.”

        “Labour reduced the age of consent for homosexuality from 18 to 16 allowing school children to be propositioned for homosexual relationships.”

        “I will campaign strongly for an end to sex education at seven years and the promotion of homosexuality that undermines family life.”
        In case anyone might forget what the unelected Baroness Warsi actually stands for, the above is from her own election literature that she promulgated into the media herself. The Conservatives do themselves no favours kow towing to the Vatican and absolutely no favours at all using Wasi to do it. What are the gay MP’s thinking of going in the first place?

  8. Congratulations Washington State! here’s hoping that in 90 days it passes in to law without contest!

    The precedent has been set… remember these words!

    “Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples,” wrote Stephen Reinhardt, one of the court’s most liberal judges, in Tuesday’s ruling.

    “Although the constitution permits communities to enact most laws they believe to be desirable, it requires that there be at least a legitimate reason for the passage of a law that treats different classes of people differently,” the ruling states.

    “There was no such reason that Proposition 8 could have been enacted.”

  9. Its certainly heading in the right diction in the US.

    But where’s Matthew to tell us all it won’t happen and we’re all deluded? :)

    1. Is he having self administered electro-shock treatment by licking the lead bits on a car battery, or is he wandering around the streets in a daze muttering “it’s all a dream, it’s all a dream”?

      1. LOL @ Johnny – the disturbing thing is you’re probably closer to the truth than anyone would believe :)

  10. As a Californian, I’m a bit wrankled that when our state legislature twice passed marriage equality laws, our then Governor Schwarzennegger vetoed both bills, lecturing us about traditional family values, while he was having an affair with his children’s nanny. Although we lost our opportunity to shine in this spotlight the Governor of Washington has acted with leadership and grace. I wish I could kiss her on the cheek.

  11. The fat twunt Maggie Gallagher and her vile NOM crew will now stream in to Washington State and spend a fortune trying to get a repeal measure placed on the ballot. It isn’t over yet.

    1. Someone should sponsor a bill to have her banned from campaigning in Washington. That would force her to waste time and money dealing with that issue and reduce the effectiveness of her anti-equality campaign.

      Either that or you could harpoon her?

  12. Governor Chris Gregoire should run as a Presidential campaing in a few years, she is truly remarkable for what sh and others have achieved. She is also a forward thinking Catholic, can she now head to Rome and bring that fusty old boys network into the 21st century?

  13. Fantastic Lady, Congratulations Washington.

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