Marriage campaign launches in Washington state

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."

Visit Washington United for Marriage's website to learn how you can get involved in the campaign and be sure to "like" their page on Facebook.