Republican Sen. Steve Litzow Announces Support for Washington’s Marriage Equality Bill

By: Sunday January 8, 2012 8:45 pm

Washington state Senator Steve Litzow (R-Mercer Island) has announced his full support of the marriage equality bill expected to be introduced this week, making him the first Republican in the state Senate to openly support marriage equality. The Seattle Times editorial board writes: “Outstanding. Litzow is a profile in courage, a freshman lawmaker willing to [...]

Treachery Among Washington’s Radical-Right Anti-Gay Activists

By: Thursday April 7, 2011 12:11 am

Sen. Dan Swecker (left) posing with Gary Randall just days before the betrayal. Ouch!  Gary Randall has been betrayed by yet another of his anti-gay “friends”, and it’s clearly shaken him to the core.  Randall is president and executive director of the anti-gay Faith & Freedom Network.  Randall’s high level of distress is evident in [...]

Out-of-state marriage recognition bill passes in the Washington state Senate

By: Wednesday March 30, 2011 7:54 pm

Great news from Washington state!  Today the out-of-state marriage recognition bill (HB 1649) passed in the Washington state Senate with a strong bipartisan vote of 28 to 19.  The new law will automatically recognize married same-sex couples from out of state as domestic partners when they are in Washington state.  The House passed the bill [...]

WA: Anti-gay state senator Dan Swecker approves pro-gay bill

By: Friday March 25, 2011 2:54 pm

One of Washington state’s most ardent anti-gay legislators quietly gave his nod of approval on Tuesday to the out-of-state marriage recognition bill (HB 1649).  While lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Washingtonians and their supporters were celebrating Equality Day 2011 on the steps of the state Capitol, Senator Dan Swecker (R-Rochester) voted with the Democratic [...]

Why the Washington state Senate must pass the out-of-state marriage recognition bill

By: Tuesday March 8, 2011 7:00 pm

Last week the Washington state House passed by a wide margin a bill that would require the state to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages as domestic partnerships in Washington state.  The state already recognizes out-of-state domestic partnerships and civil unions as domestic partnerships.  The bill, HB 1649, is now under consideration by the Senate. The very [...]

Washington’s Rep. Jim McCune: Damn the Constitution, full theocracy ahead!

By: Saturday March 5, 2011 11:28 pm

Last night the Washington state House passed HB 1649 by a vote of 58 to 39.  If signed into law, this bill would recognize as a valid domestic partnership in Washington state a legal union of two persons, including a marriage, that was validly formed in another jurisdiction and that is substantially equivalent to a [...]

Visiting Washington state while married: a tragedy waiting to happen

By: Friday March 4, 2011 3:37 pm

Update: The bill passed in the House late Friday night by a vote of 58 to 39!  The roll call is below the fold.  The bill now moves on to the Senate. You’re on vacation in Washington state, taking in the misty beauty of the Olympic rain forest, the rolling golden glory of the Palouse [...]

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