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Gov. Gregoire Endorses Marriage Equality

OPB | Jan. 6, 2012 9:30 a.m. | Updated: Sept. 10, 2013 11:03 p.m.

This week, Washington Governor Chris Gregoire announced she will introduce a bill to legalize marriage equality. Gregoire, a Catholic, said she’s always felt conflicted about same sex marriage for religious reasons, but came to believe it was discrimination:

We applaud the generations before us for their wisdom and for their courage to fight for equality. Now it’s our time. It’s this generation’s call to end discrimination … against our gay and lesbian citizens.

The bill would not force religious institutions to perform same-sex marriages.

Recent polling has shown increased support in Washington state. In October, the University of Washington released a study that showed 55 percent of residents would support a Legislature-approved same-sex marriage law.

The legislature begins its 2012 session on Monday and will attempt to find $1.5 billion in cuts. Sen. Joe Zarelli warned that the marriage equality bill would create discord among lawmakers trying to pass a balanced budget because culturally, “it tears people apart.”

Do you live in Washington? Do you support the Governor’s decision and timing? Would you support a Legislature-approved same-sex marriage law?

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