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Washington State might become the seventh to legalize same-sex marriage now that its state senate passed a marriage equality bill 28-21 late last night. The packed room burst into applause at the announcement. Now that the bill cleared the Senate, which was considered its biggest hurdle, it's expected to do the same in the House, and Governor Chris Gregoire has said she will sign it into law. Yay Washington, go you! Not that the move doesn't have its detractors; some people still feel like businesses should get to discriminate against gay clients:
Nearly a dozen amendments were introduced, including several that passed that strengthen legal protections for religious groups and organizations. A handful were rejected, including one that would exempt photographers, cake decorators and other business owners who object to gay marriage from the law, and another that called for a referendum clause to be added to the bill.
Sen. Dan Swecker, R-Rochester, argued that the proposed law alters the definition of marriage and "will lead to the silencing of those who believe in traditional marriage."
"It's ironic how a bill which purports to be about ending discrimination leaves the door open so far for discrimination going in the other direction," he said. "I'm extremely concerned that without additional protections, this legislation will create a hostile environment for those of us who believe in traditional marriage."
Ohmigosh: no one wants to get married in your tacky-ass church with your tacky-ass cake and your tacky-ass photographer, whose work is probably a mainstay on AwkwardFamilyPhotos.com. Calm. Down. (And, please correct me if I'm wrong here, but you don't have the right to discriminate against a protected class as a business, correct? Profrobert, I'm looking at you.) Representatives who voted against the bill also promised to file a challenge to it, because even when it's not the work of "activist judges," conservatives still can't stand extending equal rights to LGBT people. The
idiots sad people straight up, probably idiots opponents need to turn in 120,577 signatures by June 6 in order to get a referendum on the bill once it's signed into law, which seems like a tall order.