Gay Marriage Legal in Washington

In November, Washington state voters passed Referendum 47 which legalizes same sex marriage. As soon as the law went into effect on December 6th couples began collecting their long awaited marriage certificates with onlookers cheering them on with roses, coffee, kleenex and swag.

Only a few minutes after midnight Jane Abbott Lighty, 77, and Pete-e Petersen, 85, were the first same sex couple in Washington state’s history to receive a wedding license. As quoted in David Ferguson’s article on Rawstory, Lighty commented on the significance of the moment, “To have our 35 year loving relationship publicly honored and celebrated and have this be a legal marriage means everything to both of us.”

Gay Marriage Washington

Congratulations to Jane and Pete-e and all of the other couples that can now legally celebrate their union!

Take a peek at Seattle Weekly’s slideshow of the happy couples!

Supreme Court on Same Sex Marriage

Check out the updates from Prop 8 and the latest cases in the Supreme Court on same sex marriage.

Quote of the Gay – Violet Trefusis (author)

“You are my lover and I am your mistress and kingdoms ad empires ad governments have tottered and succumbed before now to that mighty combination”

Violet Trefusis (1894-1972, Author)

Quote of the Gay – Clive Barker

“Be regular and orderly in your life, that you may be violent and original in your work.”

Clive Barker, Author and Director

Colorado Civil Unions Bill to be Introduced Jan 2013

 

This morning the Denver Post headline read “Civil unions on fast track to passage in Colorado legislature

What a welcome site.  This past may, the bill was introduced with enough votes to pass, but the GOP leadership would not allow the bill to come to the floor for debate.  The then House Speaker has since lost his job, and a new speaker,  Democrat Mark Ferrandino, is openly gay and ready to bring civil unions to the state.

The bill will be introduced by Sen. Pat Steadman.  Steadman has led the fight for civil unions in the state.  Unfortunately, when civil unions become the law, he will not be able to benefit from it.  His partner of 12 years, Dave Misner, died in September from pancreatic cancer.  Although Steadman, Ferrandino and other law makers would prefer full marriage equality in the state, a 2006 constitutional amendment banning same sex marriages forbids it.

When passed, Colorado will become the ninth state to offer civil unions.

 

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