Feb. 13, 2012
Constantine hails historic signing of marriage equality into law
Vows to continue fight for civil rights for all Washington residents
With Anne Levinson at the Governor's historic signing of marriage equality into law. Photo: Anne Levinson.
King County Executive Dow Constantine today joined Governor Christine Gregoire and other supporters as she signed the Marriage Equality Bill ESSB 6239 into law:
This is an historic day for our state, as we finally recognize the equality and protect the rights of all the people of Washington.
We can all take pride in our status as the seventh state in the U.S. to recognize that marriage is a basic civil right.
This legislation has been fully and fairly debated. I congratulate Governor Gregoire for signing it into law.
No doubt this law will be challenged. I will work in whatever capacity I can to ensure its approval by Washington voters, just as I fought against the so-called "Defense of Marriage Act" more than a decade ago.
I look forward to the day when I can sign King County's first marriage licenses for same-sex couples.