The State of Washington is poised to become the seventh state to boldly progress towards full equality by legalizing same sex marriage. Washington will likely soon follow the lead of states such as Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Iowa, and the District of Columbia, after Washington Democratic Senator Mary Margaret Haugen, announced sheould be the 25th vote needed to pass the same sex marriage bill out of the Washington Senate. Washington will be the second largest state in the country to legalize same sex marriage, coming in behind New York and edging out Massachusetts. At roughly a 20% increase in the population living in states that allow same sex marriages, almost 14% of the country’s total population lives without the restriction of basic rights for the LGBT community. One state at a time, the GOP’s mandated hate is melting away.
Senator Haugen had previously said she was taking her time reconciling her religious beliefs with her beliefs as an American. In the end she says, she couldn’t deny other American’s the rights that she enjoys. If only more American’s could use good logic as our nation grows in this issue.
Same sex marriage affects no one other than those whose rights are being denied. As a nation that prides itself on freedom, equality, and freedom of religion (followed closely by a separation of Church and State that mutually protects both), it is high time that we, as a nation, follow the lead of the states that have legalized equality. Kudos to Senator Haugen; another victory for freedom and equality!
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