Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Senate Bill 5688 Passes at 9:51 PM Tonight

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This is a sad day in Washington State. Standing against economic concerns, religious concerns, tradition and marriage itself, the Washington State Senate passed SB5688 at 9:51PM tonight, thus setting the stage for homosexual marriage in Washington State.

I cannot tell you how profoundly saddened I was, personally, as I watched the proceedings tonight.

Sen. Dan Swecker attempted to pass an amendment to send the matter to the people for a vote. The amendment was defeated.

Sen. McDermott said, "No. We're elected to vote on behalf of the people."

Senators Swecker, Stevens, Roach, and Holmquist spoke in opposition to the bill pointing out this bill creates an equivalency to marriage.

I will have more detail and where we go from here in tomorrow's blog. I have included the roll call vote below. Please note how each senator voted tonight. Also note that Senators King, Pflug, and Brandland abandoned their own Republican party and voted against traditional marriage.

E2SSB 5688
Registered domestic partners
Senate vote on 3rd Reading & Final Passage

Yeas: 30 Nays: 18 Absent: 0 Excused: 1

Voting Yea: Senators Berkey, Brandland, Brown, Eide, Fairley, Franklin, Fraser, Haugen, Hobbs, Jacobsen, Jarrett, Kastama, Kauffman, Keiser, Kilmer, King, Kline, Kohl-Welles, Marr, McAuliffe, McDermott, Murray, Oemig, Pflug, Prentice, Pridemore, Ranker, Regala, Rockefeller, and Tom

Voting Nay: Senators Becker, Benton, Carrell, Delvin, Hargrove, Hatfield, Hewitt, Holmquist, Honeyford, McCaslin, Morton, Roach, Schoesler, Sheldon, Shin, Stevens, Swecker, and Zarelli


Excused: Senator Parlette

Gary Randall
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  1. The country is not sick and dying spiritually because it has and supports rampant and blatant homosexuality; it is quite the opposite: we have rampant homosexuality and the blatant support of it because we as a people are spiritually dead already! That is the declaration of Romans 1. Why would and how could the spiritually alive expect anything else?

  2. If they had voted on behalf of the people, they would have voted NO! It has failed every time the 'people' have had a chance to vote. You see, we just don't buy that homosexuals are an example of common sense. A man does not belong with a man, etc. Not logical nor is it productive nor is it 'gay'.

  3. Well now that the emotional responses are out of the way here is the reasonable one:

    The State Supreme Court has ruled - The legislature can pass DOMA and limit access to the marriage contract for whatever reason it wants, there are NO more legal challenges to DOMA possible that don't involve getting the court to change its mind.

    By having a contract available to all citizens this protects this legislature approved separate status. Having a contact available to same gender married couples is what protects the exclusionary licensing qualifications to the 'traditional marriage' one.

    Which I explained to everyone on your list via email. Every 'yah' vote WAS a vote to protect 'traditional marriage' from being shared by same gender couples, every 'nay' vote a reason to challenge the previous DOMA decision.

    You won Gary, you just don't realize it.

    Oh and a steady 2% for as long as we have records is 'rampant'? Someone needs a dictionary ;)

  4. I wish you could know what it feels like to have your rights voted on by the public. It hurts so deeply. I will never understand how you can disguise hate with Christianity. Today I celebrate the legal protections my family needs so badly. I also celebrate the Senate's ability to see through the lies you publish here. I only hope the electorate sees through it too. I wish we did not have to fight it out at the polls. Don't you think your money would be better spent helping the sick and poor? I do.

  5. So much for that vaunted turning tide. Not a single Senator targeted for calls by FFN voted against the bill!

    As for 6:49's claims that the 'people' have voted against 'it'. As far as I know there has been no vote by the people of Washington, the state's so-called "defense" of marriage act was passed by the legislature, and all previous attempts to put domestic partnerships repeal on the ballot failed to collect enough signatures. Face it, you folks don't speak for a majority of Washingtonians, but for small (and shrinking) backwards minortiy dedicated to discrimination based on your "religious" beliefs.

  6. Homosexuality is unnatural and unhealthy. It is immoral and against the divine way GOD created our bodies. Those who practice it will never be satisfied because they are uncomfortable with their lifestyle. Changing society won't change the way that they feel inside.

  7. With all due respect, Oshtur, Gary actually loses either way.

    If the DP expansion becomes law, the DOMA ruling is safe from challenge. However, Gary loses when the people realize how silly it is to grant marriages to same-sex couples but under a different name. Everywhere marriages and DPs have been granted to same-sex couples, the issue fades quickly with the majority when they realize the sky isn't falling. That is Gary's greatest fear.

  8. "I wish you could know what it feels like to have your rights voted on by the public. It hurts so deeply. "

    That must be quite hard ,hurtfull and anxiety ridden to many people . But you end your comments with accusing and sterotyping hatred based on faith on the God of Jacob, Issac , and Abraham ? i think you have been deceived , forget the politics you find here , find a good Bible Believing church and I bet you meet some very good people who if you give them the chance and respect for their value system also , will show you a love and acceptance you never conceived of .

  9. "As far as I know there has been no vote by the people of Washington, "

    anom years ago their was a vote on gay issues , but I think it was on laws dealing with protected status I think . The gay rights side lost by about 57 percent to 43 I think ?

  10. "I will never understand how you can disguise hate with Christianity. Today I celebrate the legal protections my family needs so badly."

    It is the Word of God, the "Supreme Ruler (i.e. He has RULES...) of the Universe" (see the Preamble to the WA State Constitution...)that you have the problem with.

    Christianity is all about the Love of God, who is Supreme, Creator, Law-giver, and JUDGE... God says what He means, and means what He says...

    I am sure you are aware, as would be anyone who is willing to take less than a weekend to read the whole of the New Testament..., of God's Word on the matter... (If not you do well to read it, or re-read it if you cannot recall what it says...) So, I won't list all of the many related scripture on the matter here and now.

    It is an "abomination"...

    His word, not mine. And He "will judge"...

    May God bless you by granting you repentance.

    You say your "family". When a man with a man, or a woman with a woman, can copulate and reproduce via their "equipment", then talk about "family".

    I know your probably thinking of saying, "but all who marry don't do so to reproduce..." (or something like that...)

    BUT, that is not the question it is a question of whether the 'persons' seeking to marry could anatomically, which is to say if their "equipment", if it were fully functional, could reproduce, if they wanted to, etc.

    You know what I'm saying here...

  11. Sodom & Gomorrah,
    Enough Said about what God Thinks.
    The New Testament Fulfills the Old.


  12. An amazing thing happened Tuesday night. 30 state Senators showed some backbone and stood up to the relentless pressure from the religious right. Those who voted for SB 5688 included democrats from swing districts and 3 REPUBLICANS (in increase from prior years, by the way). It's not every day you see acts of courage from the Legislature. I wish we had more people like them in the U.S. Senate.

    My question for the religious right sympathizers on here - are you defending marriage or simply bashing the gays? Where were you when the "no-fault" divorce laws were sweeping the nation? AWOL? Didn't care? Hasn't divorce-on-demand done more damage to the institution of marriage in this state than the 5500 domestic partnerships we have? And how come you are so strangely silent on other issues that threaten the institution of marriage, such domestic violence? Where are you people with the free marriage counseling programs to try to prevent divorce? Oh, that's right, protecting marriage is really not that important to you.
    It's really about keeping the gays in their place. Just like your Southern Baptist predecessors tried to keep blacks in their place by opposing the abolition of slavery, then later opposing interracial marriage and desegregation. It's not fashionable to go after the blacks anymore, but it's still fashionable to go after the gays. And getting the crowd whipped up helps fill the collection plates.

    Please, by all means, keep up your caustic rhetoric. The naster the better. And make sure the cameras are rolling. Why don't you invite Rev. Phelps out here to be your spokesperson? Or maybe Lon Mabon from Oregon might lend a hand.

  13. On 700 club today was a neat example of how our 2 views on the gay movment can be debated--with respect for each other! One speaker is from Focus on the Family and a gay man speaking on behalf of the gay community go around to colleges/universities 'dabating' in front of the students--with complete respect for each other! It's awesome! They tease each other, and admit that they have become close friends, and travel with each other to these speaking engagements! Good example for the rest of us!

  14. What’s up with the Tacoma News Tribune?

    Published: 03/15/09 12:05 am
    Gay marriage: SB 5674 would have allowed same-sex couples to marry. Died in committee.

    Pay No Attention to that Man Behind the Curtin!

  15. 2009 Senate Bill 5674 (Addressing civil marriage equality)

    Its introduced every year along with the domestic partnership bill to give the legislature the chance to do the right thing and just support marriage equality for all married citizens. They always choose to act on the DP bill instead.


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