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We have the votes in Washington

Timothy Kincaid

January 23rd, 2012

Seattle Intelligencer

Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen, D-Camano Island, announced Monday that she supports gay-marriage legislation in the Senate, giving proponents the 25 votes needed for passage.

The state House already has enough lawmakers in support of the measure to approve it. Gov. Chris Gregoire backs the bill as well.

And with the pressure of “25th Vote” now gone, I wouldn’t be surprised if one or more of the remaining ‘undecided’ Senators votes for marriage as well.

Of course it isn’t over until it’s over. But absent any bizarre and unexpected shifts of fate (or politics) equality in the State of Washington is just a matter of days away.

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iDavid
January 23rd, 2012 | LINK

Here are some important details concerning the WA gay marriage situation. All in all it looks good, but there will be bumps in the road no doubt.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mobileweb/2012/01/23/washington-gay-marriage_n_1224397.html

iDavid
January 23rd, 2012 | LINK

PS. It would seem NOM will be throwing away money to put a ref on the ballot, w only 38% of WA voters saying “no” to supporting gay marriage laws. It looks like WA will stabilize gay marriage permanently.

Hunter
January 24th, 2012 | LINK

Looks like NOM’s going to have its hands full this year, what with threatening legislators in Washington state, Maryland, New Hampshire and New Jersey and funding ballot initiatives in Minnesota and North Carolina. Hope the pope has a big cash reserve. Maybe they can stimulate the economy.

Jay Jonson
January 24th, 2012 | LINK

Hunter, yes NOM will have their hands full. So will we. It is important that we all contribute to the campaigns in Washington, Maine, Minnesota, North Carolina, and possibly Maryland, New Hampshire, California, and elsewhere. We must begin to win these ballot battles.

Belar
January 24th, 2012 | LINK

Hunter,

You forgot that they also promised to make New York legislators pay for voting for equality as well.

james
January 24th, 2012 | LINK

i read that even if this passes they will need to get about 128000 signers of a petition and then it goes on the ballot. not sure how it would play in the hands of voters but it would stop the marriages until the vote happens. is that correct…

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