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February 13, 12:17 PM click here to comment > 3

Statement on signing of marriage equality bill

This historic day has been a long time in coming, and we owe a debt to the men and women who have spent decades fighting for full equality for same-sex couples. Their dedication to equality and justice never wavered. I also want to give special thanks to the leadership of Senator Ed Murray, Representative Jamie Pedersen, the Seattle delegation in Olympia, and Governor Chris Gregoire. Because of their hard work, loving couples in Seattle and in Washington State will be able to celebrate their love without being discriminated against in our laws. Our work is not done, and we may have to defend marriage equality on the ballot this fall. I will continue to work hard to support marriage equality. I know that Seattle will continue to lead the way in working to protect same-sex couples and their rights to equal treatment.

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Posted by: Mayor Mike McGinn

Comments

Comment from Kathleen Milne
Time February 17, 2012 at 10:35 am

Same sex marriage is a sin, an act of rebellion of what God has ordained for man. I will sign any referendum available to stop this.

Comment from Leo Kabigting
Time February 17, 2012 at 11:58 am

Last I checked, our federal government defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman. In other words the fed does not consider same sex marriage as legal when it comes to such issues as Social Security benefits for the surviving spouse and definition of “next of kin” etc. Gay marriage where recognized, looks like window dressing to me.

Comment from Todd Davis
Time February 26, 2012 at 11:20 pm

Wow Seattle is taking a big stand here on a very controversial issue. No matter which side you’re on it’s commendable to see a large city take a stand.