Breaking: Washington Has Secured Enough Votes To Pass Marriage Equality
Written by Instinct Staff |
Monday, 23 January 2012
The Associated Press is reporting that enough votes have been secured in the Washington Senate to make it the seventh state providing marriage rights to same-sex couples.
This is bad news for Pastor Ken Hutcherson who asked equality supporters on Monday morning if they thought they "know better than God." (Details follow.)
Said Hutcherson before the Senate Government Operations Committee:
"I think that you are saying, as a committee and as a legislature that you know better than God, since you think that it is a very minded, bigoted, not understanding and loving thing to limit marriage to one man and one woman…If you pass this bill you’re just as narrow minded, you are just as bigoted and you’re just as unloving to everything and everyone who wants to get married outside of one man and one woman, two men and two women. But since you think God is not smart enough to make it fair, you’re saying that you’re smart enough to make it fair."
Hutcherson can thank Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen for tipping the votes over the edge in favor of love.
Wrote Haugen in a statement:
"I know this announcement makes me the so-called 25th vote, the vote that ensures passage. That's neither here nor there. If I were the first or the seventh or the 28th vote, my position would not be any different. I happen to be the 25th because I insisted on taking this much time to hear from my constituents and to sort it out for myself, to reconcile my religious beliefs with my beliefs as an American, as a legislator, and as a wife and mother who cannot deny to others the joys and benefits I enjoy."
WA Gov. Gregoire has promised to sign marriage equality legislation.