Marriage campaign launches in Washington state
November 15, 2011
This week, marriage advocates in Washington state announced the formation of Washington United for Marriage, a coalition of organizations, congregations, unions, and businesses working together to secure civil marriage for loving, committed gay and lesbian couples in 2012. Freedom to Marry is proud to be a founding coalition partner of Washington United for Marriage along with numerous other LGBT, progressive, Labor, and faith organizations in Washington and around the country.
Same-sex couples in Washington can currently enter into a state-sanctioned domestic partnership that falls short of providing the full protections and responsibilities of marriage. Washington United for Marriage intends to push a marriage bill in the 2012 legislative session. Recent statewide polling has demonstrated strong support for the freedom to marry across the board in Washington, with 55% saying they would vote to uphold a marriage bill should the legislature pass it.
Local and national media have picked up on the coalition's announcement this week. Already, the Seattle Times made a strong endorsement in an editorial published earlier today:
"Washington should join the other states that recognize committed gay and lesbian relationships, and their families, as full-fledged marriages. Not domestic partnerships. Not civil unions. Marriage, just like everyone else."