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    WA State Legalizes Gay Marriage!

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    Washington state lawmakers voted to approve gay marriage Wednesday, setting the stage for the state to become the seventh in the nation to allow same-sex couples to wed.

    The action comes a day after a federal appeals court declared California's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional, saying it was a violation of the civil rights of gay and lesbian couples.

    The Washington House passed the bill on a 55-43 vote. The state Senate approved the measure last week. And Democratic Gov. Chris Gregoire is expected to sign the measure into law next week.



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    That's great news! If the 9th Circuit ruling holds, that'll give us full marriage equality in WA, CA, NY, MA, VT, CT, NH, IA and DC, right? That includes the wonderful cities of Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Boston, New York, Des Moines and Washington.

    Do gay couples really need to live anywhere else?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nova View Post
    That's great news! If the 9th Circuit ruling holds, that'll give us full marriage equality in WA, CA, NY, MA, VT, CT, NH, IA and DC, right? That includes the wonderful cities of Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Boston, New York, Des Moines and Washington.

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    I know you were being funny, but I'm not marrying my partner until I can do so in the state where I grew up, where I work, own a home, and pay taxes, and where I've lived my entire life.

    Years ago, I had people tell me to leave and move to Canada if I wanted to marry. I'm not a Canadian, I'm an American! You shouldn't have to leave your home so you can have the same rights as everyone else.

    I'm in Maryland, and we are on the cusp of getting it passed. I never thought I'd have to plan a wedding!

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    I'll never get married - never had the desire or want. I've been close twice, and thank Gawd I did not get stuck in either situation.

    I think the whole "institution of marriage" is a farce -- I understand that "partners" should be allowed the same benefits of married persons but the way I see it, we might as well encourage plural marriages as well as marrying one's pet.

    Does not matter to me - except we all deserve the same rights & responsibilities regardless of WHO we are . . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by LydiaDeetz View Post
    I know you were being funny, but I'm not marrying my partner until I can do so in the state where I grew up, where I work, own a home, and pay taxes, and where I've lived my entire life.

    Years ago, I had people tell me to leave and move to Canada if I wanted to marry. I'm not a Canadian, I'm an American! You shouldn't have to leave your home so you can have the same rights as everyone else.

    I'm in Maryland, and we are on the cusp of getting it passed. I never thought I'd have to plan a wedding!
    Yes, of course, I was kidding. And equally of course you should have full civil rights right where you are and not have to move to get them.

    Best of luck in Maryland. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    (On a personal note, I never thought I'd have to plan a wedding either. But my partner and I took the plunge when it was legal here in CA in 2008, and it made a huge difference to our friends and family members. It doesn't have to be expensive and it doesn't have to be anything but what you want it to be. But I'm here to tell you it surprised me how much it meant to a lot of people--most of whom are not gay, BTW.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by krimekat View Post
    I'll never get married - never had the desire or want. I've been close twice, and thank Gawd I did not get stuck in either situation.

    I think the whole "institution of marriage" is a farce -- I understand that "partners" should be allowed the same benefits of married persons but the way I see it, we might as well encourage plural marriages as well as marrying one's pet.

    Does not matter to me - except we all deserve the same rights & responsibilities regardless of WHO we are . . .
    I don't understand what you are saying. Do we all deserve the same rights? Or is the marriage of two gay partners the same as a person marrying a cat?

    But then, I've never understood why people who aren't and don't want to be married insist that the institution is a "farce" to those of us who take it seriously. I certainly don't assume unmarried persons lead empty and desperate lives; why would they assume my marriage is a sham?

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    I was stating a personal opinion & said nothing of what you are indicating in your post above. I maintain marriage is a farce . . . especially when 51% of them end in divorce.

    I am sure there are couples out there not married who are dedicated to one another; actually I have a cousin who has been with his partner for more than 30 years without being married.

    Personal opinion only. Thought I mentioned that in my post. And I clearly posted we all deserve the same rights & responsibilities regardless of who we are !

    Please, my single life is so far from empty or desperate . . . and I give not a care about your married life. That's personal to you & yours.
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    Quote Originally Posted by krimekat View Post
    I was stating a personal opinion & said nothing of what you are indicating in your post above. I maintain marriage is a farce . . . especially when 51% of them end in divorce.

    I am sure there are couples out there not married who are dedicated to one another; actually I have a cousin who has been with his partner for more than 30 years without being married. It's a man & a woman

    Personal opinion only. Thought I mentioned that in my post. And I clearly posted we all deserve the same rights & responsibilities regardless of who we are !

    Please, my single life is so far from empty or desperate . . . and I give not a care about your married life. That's personal to you & yours.
    I don't understand either Krimekat. I understand that you feel that "the institution of marriage" is a farce. I agree, there is a segment of society who seems to give no more thought to the legal implications and ramifications not to mention the emotional and lifestyle consequences of marriage than they do whether or not they are going to buy or lease a vehicle. But what brought me up short reading your comment was the part about "understanding that "partners" should be allowed the same benefits as married persons" BUT the way I see it, we might as well encourage plural marriages as well as marrying one's pet.

    Are you contending that the reality of legal marriage between homosexuals is the equivalent to a polygamous relationship or a "marriage" of a human to an animal??? Or that marriage as a legal institution is essentially meaningless no matter who or what parties are involved in the contract? Essentially meaningless as evidenced by the ridiculously high divorce rate and multiple marriages and families some acrue over a lifetime? I suspect your opinion is the latter, but then again, I don't want to put words in your mouth. Are you commenting on the "farcical" notion of contemporary marriage contracts/vows, versus an opinion that marriage between homosexuals is equivalent to a farce, because of the fact that the parties involved are homosexual? As I read my reply, I recognize that it could be construed as challenging you to defend your beliefs and I am truly not asking you to do that. I'm really just asking for clarification and hope that you take it as such if you choose to reply.

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    Awesome news! Everyone should be able not only to love who they want, but to marry them to. I am married to my husband, but some days I wish we didn't need a piece of paper, or huge ceremonies. Why can't we just say hey lets unite, go in sign up... Makes more sense to me. Imagine how easy to get ununited would be. I guess I see why we follow rules that have been around for hundreds of years, but it seems so hard to change them... Why can't people make new rules/laws and everyone be ok with them. I think most people can not handle changes. Which is really sad. I can only hope my generation is going to help change these things. I honestly thought more were open to gay marriages but then I read a news board and I was shocked. Sad. I guess I just think different from others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by krimekat View Post
    I'll never get married - never had the desire or want. I've been close twice, and thank Gawd I did not get stuck in either situation.

    I think the whole "institution of marriage" is a farce -- I understand that "partners" should be allowed the same benefits of married persons but the way I see it, we might as well encourage plural marriages as well as marrying one's pet.

    Does not matter to me - except we all deserve the same rights & responsibilities regardless of WHO we are . . .
    Well I do love my dog and if I could marry him it would give me another tax deducution and if he dies first I could get 3 days off work with pay. Sounds good to me, haha!

    There is no difference as far as I can see.

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