Sen. Ed Murray, D-Seattle, issued the following statement regarding today's scheduled vote on his marriage equality bill, SB 6239, which is expected to pass the House and go on to the governor, who fully supports the measure:
“It took the courage of many legislators who struggled with a difficult issue and decided to do what they believe is best for all Washingtonians to make today’s historic vote possible. It will bring to an end what has been, for me, a 17-year-struggle in the Legislature to recognize the civil rights of gay and lesbian couples in our state.
“In truth, it was the families who shared their stories of love and commitment who spoke to the hearts of legislators and changed minds. We will need more of that mettle – the courage to share deeply personal stories for the cause of justice – if we are to win the hearts and minds of the people of Washington. I expect a referendum on this issue, and I remain confident that, ultimately, marriage equality will be Washington’s law.”