Such a proud day for Washington state!
Although she has never been clear on her stance before, Governor Chris Gregoire announced yesterday that she not only supports gay and lesbians to marry, but will propose legislation to legalize it!
"It's right here [points to heart] that frees me up to do this. I have not liked where I've been for seven years. I have sorted it out in my head and in my heart. I have been on my own journey. I will admit that. It has been a battle for me with my religion. I have always been uncomfortable with the position that I have taken publicly. And then I came to realize the religions can decide what they want to do but it is not OK for the state to discriminate. When someone asks me about my marriage to Mike, I don't tell them I have a contract with legal rights. I don't even think about that. What I say is I love my husband. I'm in a 36-year committed relationship. … That's what marriage really means to human beings. They (gays and lesbians) have to have the same ability to say it's love, it's commitment, it's partnership, it's responsibility. It's not a contract. They want to be able to stand in front of their friends and express their love just like Mike and I did 36-plus years ago. To deny that equality is just wrong."
Such a beautiful, heartfelt, and frankly, sensible explanation on such an important issue - that really sums up exactly why it's so important for politicians to remember exactly why there's a separation between church and state!
Thank you, thank you, thank you for taking a stand!
We couldn't be more proud and thrilled for Washington!
EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL!
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