Is almost legalized. we are about to become the 7th state in the nation to legalize it...just has to go to greggo's desk monday, then it is official.
Got to admit, I am a bit torn on the issue. Under the state's anything but marriage law, that has been on the books for the past three years, a few friends I know who are in domestic partnerships may be getting the shaft.
For example. Rob and Jamie have been together for about 10 years, they got into a domestic partnership last year. Mainly for the life and death benefits, and stuff like that.
But now, under the new law, if it passes, they are going to be required to marry, or, end their relationship before a certain time as determined by law. Rob doesn't necessarily want to marry jamie, so we will see what happens.
While I am excited for gay couples I know in the state who will for sure get married, it is also stressful to know that the conservatives who oppose the law, who are plenty on the other side of the cascade mtns, only need to gather 120,000 signatures to get their initiative against legalization of same-sex marriage on the ballot. and I know more than likely, they will meet that.
the senate vote last week was decidedly close, at 21-28, and the house wasn't that far off either, at 55-43. The house approved it by a larger margin, but not much.
At least we know Chris Gregoire will sign off on it next week. But it is entirely possible that if republicans like Bill Bryant and Rob McKenna take over in a few months, dire changes may come quickly, and it may even be taken to the federal level.
What are your guys' opinions? Honestly, I never thought I would even see gay marriage passed during my lifetime growing up. Never thought I would see a black guy elected president, either.
I guess the mood of the country that is usually divided on so many issues can change at a lot faster pace than we believe as children. During the late 80's and early 90's, the events of the past few years would have been unthinkable.
Being gay was a lifestyle 'choice' that people made to isolate themselves; black people could not think intellectually or be in positions of political importance; now we have Condi and Obama, Herman Cain, etc.
IDK, we have come a long way, But I feel like there is a ways to go yet.
I also get frequently annoyed with all these people I knew in high school, who I see posting shit on facebook, GSA's at school, and other events that get on the human rights and gay rights bandwagon because it is the popular thing to do, not because they believe in it. IDk.
I feel like, for women especially, having gay friends is the new best thing....new social norm as it were. True, where I live, the majority of people are judgemental, ignorant bible-thumping rednecks, but idk...Some people truly believe in gay rights, but many don't.