Over the course of the past seven days, both the Senate and House of the Washington state legislature voted to allow all citizens in the Evergreen State the freedom to marry the person they love. Won’t you take a moment to thank them?
Voting one’s conscience is not always the politically expedient thing to do. Often it is done with great risk – personally and professionally. Each of you who courageously voted for marriage equality in Washington state did so because you believe that it is the fair thing to do. Each of you voted your conscience despite pressure from many of your colleagues and your constituents.
I am proud of each and every one of you. The civil rights of the minority should never be put to the vote of the majority – you resisted the temptation to take the easy way out and put it on the ballot this November. Many of you gave poignant speeches in support of treating all of the citizens of Washington equally that moved some of us who watched the debates on the floor to tears.
Your actions in the Senate and the House will reverberate throughout our nation and past her borders. Your vote was a vote for fairness and justice. It was a vote against discrimination. It makes me proud to be an American. Thank you for standing on the Right Side of History.
Please sign and share and re-post this thank you message to the Members of The Washington state legislature who voted for marriage equality.
There’s also a petition to thank Governor Gregoire here.
Stuart Wilber believes that living life openly as a Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender or Allied person is the most powerful kind of activism. Shortly after meeting his partner in Chicago in 1977, he opened a gallery named In a Plain Brown Wrapper, where he exhibited cutting edge work by leading artists; art that dealt with sexuality and gender identification. In the late 1980’s when they moved to San Clemente, CA in Orange County, life as an openly gay couple became a political act. They moved to Seattle 16 years ago and married in Canada a few weeks after British Columbia legalized same-sex marriage. Although legally married in some countries, they are only considered domestic partners in Washington State. Equality continues to elude him.
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