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Political Chat: Gay Marriage Makes History In Washington

OPB | Dec. 7, 2012 11:56 a.m.

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The biggest political story in the northwest this week was the official start of same-sex marriages in Washington. Governor Gregoire noted the historic significance as she prepared to sign a formal proclamation earlier this week.

“First state in the nation to issue marriage licenses as a result of a ballot box,” she said.

Maine and Maryland approved similar laws last month, but they haven’t taken effect yet. And other states have gay marriage laws that haven’t been approved by voters. Still, Thursday was an important day as gay couples were allowed to apply for marriage licenses for the first time.

Also this week, there were hints that the property tax system in Oregon might change reasonably soon.

And Republicans in Washington County were hurting from a self-inflicted wound.

We talk politics on Friday mornings with our political guys, Bill and Jeff. Bill Lunch is OPB’s Political Analyst. Jeff Mapes is the senior political reporter for The Oregonian.

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