Who is responsible for this law?
Those who opposed and undermined R-71? Ed Murray? Or conservatives and people of faith who simply were not pro-active soon enough? Or does redefining marriage really reflect the true sentiments and beliefs of the state?
Here's the names of those who made it happen.
The bill to redefine marriage easily passed the House. It was the Senate that could have and should have defeated it and sent it back to Senator Ed Murray.
There were 4 people who broke with their colleagues in the Republican Party, stood against the State Party platform, violated the trust many voters had placed in them as Republican candidates and in some cases denied the values and teaching of their own religious faith.
This is how the Senate voted. Particularly note that it was 4 Republican senators who gave us homosexual "marriage."
Andy Hill--- Redmond
Steve Litzow---Mercer Island
Cheryl Pflug---Maple Valley
Also note that 3 Democrats stood with us for marriage.
Cheryl Pflug has been rewarded by Governor Gregoire for her betrayal. She has been given a 5-year committee contract worth about $500,000.
Republican Senators Hill and Fain are not up for re-election this year, a fact that I'm certain played into their so-called "courageous" vote last year.
Republican Senator Steve Litzow (Mercer Island) is up for re-election in the 41st Legislative District.
I'm a life long Republican, however, I cannot in good conscience vote for someone simply because they are Republican.
On the historic marriage vote this past year, 4 Republicans betrayed us while 3 Democrats shared our values on marriage and stood with us.
There are lessons to be learned. May we learn from them before we cast our votes.
The following is the Senate roll call vote on redefining marriage:
|Name||Party||Hometown||Vote on gay marriage bill|
|Tracey Eide||D||Federal Way||Yes|
|Mary Margaret Haugen||D||Camano Island||Yes|
|Steve Hobbs||D||Lake Stevens||Yes|
|Derek Kilmer||D||Gig Harbor||Yes|
|Kevin Ranker||D||Orcas Island||Yes|
|Christine Rolfes||D||Bainbridge Island||Yes|
|Steve Litzow||R||Mercer Island||Yes|
|Cheryl Pflug||R||Maple Valley||Yes|
|Mike Hewitt||R||Walla Walla||No|
|Janea Holmquist Newbry||R||Moses Lake||No|
|Bob Morton||R||Kettle Falls||No|
|Mike Padden||R||Spokane Valley||No|
|Linda Evans Parlette||R||Wenatchee||No|