Marriage bill gets its first Republican cosponsor in the Washington Senate

Over the weekend, the Seattle Times editorial board reported that State Senator Steve Litzow will become the first Senate Republican to cosponsor a marriage bill in Washington State. Senator Litzow's support comes on the heels of an exciting week for the freedom to marry in Washington, as Governor Chris Gregiore announced on Wednesday that she will introduce and champion a marriage bill during the upcoming legislative session.

The Senator explained that it is his Republican values that compel him to sponsor this crucial legislation:

"I am a traditional Republican. When you think about gay marriage, it's the right thing to do and it's very consistent with the tenets of being a Republican — such as individual freedom and personal responsibility." 

Litzow joins a growing number of Republicans who are speaking out in support of the freedom to marry. Republican lawmakers were instrumental in passing marriage in New York, while Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen became the first Republican cosponsor of the Respect for Marriage Act, the bill that would overturn the so-called Defense of Marriage Act.

Freedom to Marry applauds Senator Litzow for his courage and we look forward to working with him and his colleagues to ensure that a marriage bill passes during this legislative session.

Visit Washington United for Marriage's website to learn how you can get involved in the campaign to secure the freedom to marry in the Evergreen State.