Friday, January 20, 2012

Could Wash. Become The 7th State To Approve Gay Marriage Equality?

In the northwestern-most state of Washington, the debate for same-sex marriage is in full swing—with the Senate one vote shy of backing to approve the bill.

Today, conservative Democrat State Sen. Jim Kastama (a candidate for Secretary of State) declared he will support legislation for equal rights—the 24th state senator to commit to the measure, with six holding out. The House appears to have necessary support, while Gov. Chris Gregoire has also endorsed it.

There's big business in the state, including Microsoft, which publicly supports equality (it's good for our business and good for the state's economy"). As we all know, corporations offer financial backing to politicos who stand for their views; isn't that what it always come down to? So much for true civil rights... It's still about the almighty dollar.

Six U.S. states and D.C. currently allow same-sex marriage: New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, Iowa and New Hampshire (it's in danger of being overturned in the latter state). It's up for consideration again in New Jersey—where Democrats believe they are within spitting distance of securing support to override a certain veto by asswipe Rep. Governor Chris Christie. *