Today, the Judiciary Committee of the Washington State House voted to approve a same-sex marriage bill. Several Republicans attempted to add anti-gay amendments to the bill. Rep. Jamie Pedersen (D) (image, right) Chaired the Committee.
An amendment to expand the definition of “religious organizations” by Rep. Jay Rodne (R) “to protect religious expression and religious liberties.”Jamie Pedersen (D) explained why unnecessary. The amendment was not passed. Rodne claimed “this bill is not a civil rights issue.”
Rep. Shea (R) asked for a one-month residency requirement “to make sure our marriage laws are not abused.” Rep. Helen Roberts (D) mentioned the negative impact that amendment would have on military members. That amendment was not passed either.
Rep. Shea (R) attempted to add a “conscience clause” amendment for private businesses, “so we don’t treat Christians and others as second class citizens.” That amendment was not adopted either.
Rep. Jamie Pedersen (D) chaired the hearing and vote and did an excellent job managing the rights of the people.
Rep. Rodne claimed the state had a duty to respect and “elevate” tradition marriage.
Rep. Shea (R) blathered, “I sit here as a Christian” in his opposition of same-sex marriage. “This country was based on religious liberty not sexual liberty.” Rep. Shea added, ”This will be the first time in the history of our country where we are giving people that horrible horrible choice” of choosing between their consciences and their business interests.
Rep. Brad Klippert (R) added that economic issues were more important.
Rep. Pedersen added, “The supreme court did not make the statement that same sex marriage is not a civil right… Protecting families all around the state does not do any harm to anyone in the state… I am very proud we have gotten to this point as a state.”
Rep. Eddy (D) added, “We ought to acknowledge that we also heard of communities of faith that support this bill.”
The bill passed 7-5, with one “excused.”
Earlier in the day, the committee heard comments from Washington state citizens, including these from the anti-gay contingent:
“What’s next? The man-boy love law?”
One commenter claimed that he had worked as a hay hauler, hauling hay between prisons. He claimed that every person in prison suffered from not having good parents growing up — and same sex marriage, he claimed, would contribute to that.
Other comments included:
“Same sex marriage is a grand experiment. Deviation from natural marriage will never be seen as normal.”
A self-identified Christian woman: “What do we do about incest because there are those out there who think its a good idea,” and ”What’s next? Sharia law?,” and, ”I’m a Christian and I have the Holy Spirit in me and you have excluded me, you haven’t protected” me in the same sex marriage law.
Another woman claimed, “Specific tools are for specific purposes. If you are going to cut down a tree you wouldn’t get good results.”
Another Washington State male commenter claimed there is documented evidence that male homosexuals do terrible things to their children. he neither offers any documentation nor any specifics, although it sounded as if he meant sexual things to their children. It was a disgusting comment.
A 13-year old said same-sex marriage encroaches on religious freedom. She, too, offered no proof.
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