With the signing of Senate Bill 6239, Washington state has become the seventh state in the nation to recognize marriage equality.
Gov. Gregoire: "It is signed." (Applause)
It took 17 years for Senator Ed Murray to get the Washington State Legislature to recognize marriage equality, but that hard journey made Governor Chris Gregoire’s announcement on Monday all the more meaningful. Although opponents of Senate Bill 6239 will mount an initiative challenge later this year, Murray says nothing can change what he and his colleagues did this session…
Sen Murray: “This journey has been historic, it has been long, it has not been easy and it has often been painful. But we are here today, because of courageous families, gay, lesbian and straight, who told the story of their lives and changed the hearts and minds of legislators.”
Murray thanked the members of both parties who faced political opposition; yet still cast their votes in favor of the bill and remembered the late Sen. Cal Anderson, the first openly gay member of the Washington legislature, who fought for marriage equality, until his death in 1995.