Gay Marriage Gets Turned On In Washington State
Matt | On 16, Feb 2012
There is good news this week for the LGBT community in Washington state.
Gov. Christine Gregoire (D) signed a bill into law on February 13 that allows same-sex couples to legally wed in the state. Washington joins seven other states (CA, IA, CT, MA, NY, NH, and VT) and the District of Columbia in allowing the unions.
Those interested in getting married in the state, however, will not be able to do so until at least June 7. There is a 90-day waiting period while the marriage laws change.
Of course with any hot-button issue, there are vocal opponents to same-sex marriage who have vowed to see Washington’s law repealed and taken before voters for a full vote in November. Those who are against same-sex marriage will have to collect 120,577 votes in order to delay the June start date for ceremonies and take the issue to voters in November.
Mind you, Washington is a pretty liberal state, especially in the more populated western half. Their governor is a Democrat and both houses of the State Legislature are controlled by her party. President Obama won the state in 2008 by a 58-41 percent margin. Gay marriage is traditionally supported by more liberal voters, so they may have an edge in this fight.
In the meantime, same-sex couples are hoping that opponents cannot collect all the signatures they need by June to stop their progress. We shall see how this goes.