The Moderate Washingtonian

Outlook on politics and elections in the state of Washington from an overall centrist viewpoint. My views tend to be libertarian in nature, but at the same time are largely nonpartisan.

09 January 2007

Legislative Gays back to fight

According to Postman, the legislature's five openly-gay members (including rookie Jamie Pedersen) have announced they will be taking the Supreme Court's advice this session in proposing both a marriage equality bill and a legal unions bill, the latter of which I think stands a good chance of passage. Even with Democratic supermajorities, true marriage equality could still fall short, as some Democrats who signed off on last session's non-discrimination bill (i.e. Senator Rasmussen) are otherwise opposed to marriage equality. The only Republican legislator I suspect would vote in favour of marriage equality is Representative Jarrett, but there are a handful of other Republicans who have indicated support for legal unions in the past, likely enough to withstand any crossovers from Dixiecrats like Rasmussen, Tim Sheldon, and Jim Hargrove.

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