King County Executive Dow Constantine backs same-sex marriage
November 15, 2011
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 15, 2011
Supporters of same-sex launched a campaign Monday to legalize same-sex marriage in Washington — and earned support from King County Executive Dow Constantine.
The organization, Washington United for Marriage, aims to make the Evergreen State the seventh state to allow same-sex marriage. Organizers held a news conference in Bellevue to launch the campaign.
Supporters plan to lobby state legislators before and during the 2012 legislative session to support same-sex marriage. Washington United for Marriage’s goal is to pass legislation legalizing marriage for same-sex couples, and for Gov. Chris Gregoire to sign the measure into law next year.
The coalition advocating for same-sex marriage includes the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, Equal Rights Washington, Faith Action Network, Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest, SEIU Washington State Council and other organizations.
Constantine applauded the Washington United for Marriage kickoff.
“Now is the time to take action, to finally recognize the equality and protect the rights of all the people of Washington,” he said in a statement issued Monday afternoon. “I will work in whatever capacity I can to see this legislation passed in Olympia, or if necessary at the ballot box, and look forward to the day I can sign marriage certificates for all adult couples in King County.”
So far, a half dozen states — Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont — plus Washington, D.C., allow same-sex marriage. Washington state has had a domestic partnership law — or “everything but marriage” law — in place since 2009.