“It is time in Washington state for marriage equality, it’s the right thing to do… I say that as a wife, a mother, a student of the law and above all as a Washingtonian with a lifelong commitment to equality and freedom… Our gay and lesbian families face the same hurdles as heterosexual families – making ends meet, choosing what school to send their kids to, finding someone to grow old with, standing in front of friends and family and making a lifetime commitment. For all couples, a state marriage license is very important. It gives them the right to enter into a marriage contract in which their legal interests, and those of their children if any, are protected by well-established civil law.”
Currently only six states in the U.S. explicitly allow gay marriage: New York, Massachusetts, Conneticut, Vermont, New Hampshire and Iowa.
Although the Democrats hold majorities in both of Washington state’s legislative chambers, a bill is not certain to pass through as not all Democrats are in agreement on the subject.