via NPR: Wash. Lawmaker Introduces Valentine’s Day Gay Marriage Bill
February 15, 2011

by Brianna Butterfield
You can also listen to the audio HERE

February 14, 2011 from N3

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Lawmakers in Olympia don’t expect to pass many hot-button social bills in the midst of the budget crisis. But gay rights advocates took Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to make the case for same-sex marriage.

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It was Valentine’s Day in 1998 that Washington lawmakers voted to ban gay marriage. Since then Washington has legalized domestic partnerships. But Democratic State Senator Ed Murray thought Valentine’s Day was just the right time to introduce a bill to recognize gay and lesbian marriage.

He says it’s appropriate even while lawmakers spend most of their time trying to balance the budget.

Ed Murray: “It’s a terrible economic time for everyone in the state, but imagine those families that don’t have the protection of marriage, so I think introducing it this year, I think its a good idea.”

Still Murray concedes lawmakers are not likely to pass gay marriage this year.

On the Web:

Washington Senate Bill 5793:

http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=5793

Same-sex marriage timeline:

http://www.ncsl.org/Default.aspx?TabId=4243

Copyright 2011 Northwest News Network

 

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Bigotry Takes a Hit
August 6, 2010

Another good article on predictable reactions to latest Prop 8 Ruling.

Bigotry Takes a Hit.

Thanks to author Michelle Goldberg

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Vermont Legislature Overturns Governor’s Veto to Pass Gay Marriage Law
April 8, 2009

Nine years after the state of Vermont was the first state to intorduce and pass a same-sex civil union law, it became the fourth state to legalize gay marriage. It is the first state to do so through legislative action rather than through the courts.

Details and photos are contained in the following reports:

REUTERS: Vermont Becomes the 4th State To Allow Gay Marriage

Toby Talbot / AP

Toby Talbot / AP

MSNBC: Vermont Lawmakers Legalize Gay Marriage

Toby Talbot / AP

Toby Talbot / AP

YAHOO News: Vermont Legalizes Gay Marriage With Veto Override

You can “Thank Vermont” on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/MarriageEquality

View 17-year-old James Neiley from Charlotte, VT, testifying before the Vermont Senate in favor of Marriage Equality:

NOTE: I recently discovered that this video had been removed from YouTube, but found it here:

http://www.straightgayfacts.com/NATURALGAYNOCHOICE.html

Here is the news release from the National Gay and Lesbian Task force celebrating this historic decision today:

WASHINGTON, April 7 – The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force hails the Vermont Legislature’s override today of Gov. Jim Douglas’ veto of a bill extending the freedom to marry to same-sex couples. The Senate passed the measure by 23 to 5 and the House by 100 to 49. Vermont is the first state in the nation to extend the freedom to marry through the legislative process.

Statement by Rea Carey, Executive Director
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

“Vermont is once again making history. Nine years ago it did so when it became the first state to grant legal recognition of same-sex relationships through its civil unions law; today, it became the first state Legislature to pass and enact a marriage equality measure.

“This is a momentous day and significant turning point in the struggle for the equal treatment of our relationships. The enactment of this bill affirms that only marriage can provide the protections, dignity and respect that the institution bestows. This vote also recognizes that civil unions simply fall short in ensuring same-sex couples are treated equally under the law.

“We salute the courage and commitment of the Vermont state legislative leadership in pursuing this measure’s passage – even successfully overriding the governor’s veto. We especially extend our heartfelt thanks to Vermont Freedom to Marry for its hard work and tireless advocacy for the freedom to marry.”

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