Gov. Chris Gregoire on Wednesday said she’ll put forward legislation to legalize marriage for gay and lesbian couples.
The proposal will be introduced during the legislative session that starts Monday. If it’s approved, Washington would become the seventh state to legalize gay marriage.
“Today, I’m announcing my support for a law that gives same-sex couples in our state the right to receive a marriage license in Washington – the same right given our heterosexual couples,” Gregoire said before a crowd of gay marriage supporters at her office. “It is time, it is the right thing to do, and I will introduce the bill to make it happen.”
The governor spoke for 20 minutes, laying out what she sees as the moral and legal reasons for the move, as well as the evolution of her personal views over the years.
“I have been on my own journey. I will admit that. It has been a battle for me with my religion,” she said.“I have always been uncomfortable with the position that I have taken publicly. And then I came to realize the religions can decide what they want to do, but it is not ok for the state to discriminate.”
I was talking to commenter chuckchuck about this today, the constant scare tactic by the right that at some point the gay-friendly state will force Good Christian Bigots to marry gay couples and ordain gay people and generally get all gay up in their religion. But this is exactly the argument that needs to be made in response.
In other words, Christians can do whatever they want in the privacy of their own churches. Just so long as they don’t shove it in our states all the time.