Washington state is poised to be the latest state to recognize same-sex marriage. Some of Washington’s legislators are showing real fortitude by risking their political futures, since a number of those legislators voting “yes” on equality come from swing districts and some are even Republicans. Those who are showing real courage, should have our strong support (even if we’re all the way over here on the other side of the continental divide). Some of Washington’s more enlightened legislators will soon be under attack:
The National Organization for Marriage, noting its involvement in ballot measures that overturned same-sex marriage in California and Maine, issued a statement Monday morning pledging a referendum campaign to fight any gay marriage law in Washington state. Last week, the group announced that it would spend $250,000 to help fund primary challenges to any Washington Republican who crosses party lines to vote for same-sex marriage. So far, two Republicans in the Senate and two in the House have said they would vote in support of gay marriage.
We’re making progress in Montana, but we still have a ways to go to get to where Washington state is today.