We were so THRILLED when we heard that Washington state had legalized gay marriage and that the law would take effect on June 7, but our hearts have been broken by 200,000 people who are afraid of change.
The proposed law that would have made the state the seventh in the U.S. to allow same-sex marriage was passed by legislators AND Gov. Chris Gregoire in February. Unfortunately, opponents have filed a petition with enough signatures that will force the state to let the public vote on it.
The worst part of this mess is that national organizations opposing same-sex marriage will be spending buckets of money to sway the state's public opinion toward their dated beliefs, which means people supporting the issue will be forced to do the same.
It's funny that everyone is so concerned about the economy and national debt these days, but people are willing to waste MILLIONS to prevent the positive change that this country needs and will eventually get.
Just like womens' right to vote, civil rights for African Americans, and the right for white people to marry people with different colored skin (yeah, that used to be illegal too for some dumb reason), members of the same sex WILL be able to get married anywhere in the country one day.
While we wish people would just hurry up and accept it already, we know the LGBT community has a VERY bright future in the United States of America!
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