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.

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4 Responses to “King County Executive Dow Constantine backs same-sex marriage”

  1. Michael J. on November 15th, 2011 9:15 am

    This is truly a human rights issue of equal access to civil marriage for all Washingtonians. Thank you, Mr. Constantine.

  2. John J. Brown on November 15th, 2011 10:29 am

    Still not sure why gays want this? In our state the governer sign into law a equal rights amendment( not sure if this what it’s called) a couple of years ago. This gave gays all the same rights and privleges that a hetro couple has. And all the headaches, problems, divorce issues, child support responibilities, etc. My question is this: Why must the community of social outcasts keep attacking the majority of normal people? Why can’t they just leave it alone? Why don’t we call their abnormal sexual practices what they really are? We always seem to skirt the real issue here!
    It boils down to this: This country and it’s constution functions by majority rule. The majority will always allow the minority, and we are not talking here about cluture here, we are talking about any abnormal practices.
    There’s a lot of news lately regarding similar abnormal sexual practices, should we allow this too?

  3. Ellen B. on November 15th, 2011 12:41 pm

    Before you site our Constitution, you should take a closer look at it as well as the other founding document. The Framers intended for equal rights for all, they fear the majority because it could lead to mob rule. Rights for all means the minority as well as the majority. Why should a smaller group of Americans suffer for the rest of the Nation’s intolerance?

  4. Bruce Robinson on November 17th, 2011 7:22 am

    John Brown wrote: “This country and it’s constution [sic] functions by majority rule.”

    Actually, the U.S. is a democracy and doesn’t always function by majority rule. A main function of the U.S. Constitution is to prevent the tyranny of the majority, a.k.a. mob rule. The Constitution limits the actions of governments and requires them to treat their citizens equally. So if loving committed opposite-sex couples can marry, then so should loving committed same-sex couples.

    Please read statements by numerous professional organizations concerning the nature of heterosexuality, bisexuality and homosexuality. All are recognized as normal, natural sexual orientations.

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