Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Crucial vote tomorrow

Last night, the Washington state House Judiciary Committee passed by a vote of 7-6 the bill to extend the freedom to marry to same-sex couples. Tomorrow, the state Senate will vote. There's a very good chance it will pass.

If it does pass, Gov Chris Gregoire will sign it. Washington will be the seventh state (plus Washington, D.C.) where people who love each other can get married. We won't have to settle for marridge.

But the margin of votes is narrow. If you live in Washington, please call your state Senator and urge her or him to vote Yes. If you don't live here but have friends and/or relatives here, phone them and urge them to call their Senator. (Find yours here.)

And hopefully I'll have good news to report tomorrow. Start dialing.

ETA: The bill won't come to the floor of the Senate until 6 pm Wednesday. My guess? Lots of people will want to make lots of speeches, so the vote will while a while. I'm currently fairly confident of its passage--but, hey, many a slip twixt cup and lip...

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