Gov. Signs Washington State Gay Marriage Bill into Law!
Even as Rick Santorum showed up to make a big, stinky mess – Wah! Equality! No! – Governor Christine Gregoire choked back tears of joy today and signed Washington State’s gay marriage bill into law. Dust off your flannel tuxedos, boys and girls, because gays and lesbians now have the right to marry in Washington!
Washington joins Iowa, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Vermont as the seventh state in the country to make gay marriage legal. Washington D.C., Oregon and Washington State’s Coquille and Suquamish Indian tribes have also previously legalized same-sex marriages.
A signature-gathering effort for a referendum which would halt the state’s new gay unions is already being mounted by anti-gay – let’s just call a spade a spade here – A-holes. If the signatures are gathered, the newfound right of same-sex couples will be put to a vote by Washingtonians where it is expected to be reaffirmed by a slim margin. If the signatures are not gathered, same-sex couples may begin marrying in June.
No matter what happens next, today will go down in the history books as a momentous win for LGBT Americans and the march toward equality.
We did it, y’all. Give yourself a pat on the back. Every person you come out to, every UB story you share on Facebook, every time you stand up for yourself – all of these things are what made today possible. (And did anyone else catch Gov. Gregoire thank a surnameless Kevin for sharing his story with her? Just saying…) Today’s win belongs to you, whether you call Washington home or not.
Thank you, Governor Gregoire for signing this bill into law. And thank you – yeah YOU – for being the social media savvy champion of gay rights that you’ve become. This couldn’t have happened without you.