Monday, October 01, 2012

Who is Responsible for the Gay "Marriage" Law in WA?

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Larry Stickney and I were talking about some of our experiences with R-71 while having lunch the other day. That naturally led to a conversation about R-74 and the WA Legislature's vote to redefine marriage.

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

Joe Fain---Auburn

Steve Litzow---Mercer Island

Cheryl Pflug---Maple Valley

Also note that 3 Democrats stood with us for marriage.

Paull Shin---Edmonds

James Hargrove---Hoquiam

Tim Sheldon---Potlach

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:

Here's a look at how the 49 Senate members voted Wednesday on legalizing same-sex marriage. The measure now heads to the House:
Name Party Hometown Vote on gay marriage bill
Brian Hatfield D Raymond Yes
Paull Shin D Edmonds No
Andy Hill R Redmond Yes
Joe Fain R Auburn Yes
Doug Ericksen R Ferndale No
Lisa Brown D Spokane Yes
Maralyn Chase D Shoreline Yes
Steve Conway D Tacoma Yes
Tracey Eide D Federal Way Yes
Karen Fraser D Olympia Yes
David Frockt D Seattle Yes
Nick Harper D Everett Yes
Mary Margaret Haugen D Camano Island Yes
Steve Hobbs D Lake Stevens Yes
Jim Kastama D Puyallup Yes
Karen Keiser D Kent Yes
Derek Kilmer D Gig Harbor Yes
Adam Kline D Seattle Yes
Jeanne Kohl-Welles D Seattle Yes
Rosemary McAuliffe D Bothell Yes
Ed Murray D Seattle Yes
Sharon Nelson D Seattle Yes
Margarita Prentice D Renton Yes
Craig Pridemore D Vancouver Yes
Kevin Ranker D Orcas Island Yes
Debbie Regala D Tacoma Yes
Christine Rolfes D Bainbridge Island Yes
Rodney Tom D Bellevue Yes
Steve Litzow R Mercer Island Yes
Cheryl Pflug R Maple Valley Yes
James Hargrove D Hoquiam No
Tim Sheldon D Potlatch No
Michael Baumgartner R Spokane No
Randi Becker R Eatonville No
Don Benton R Vancouver No
Mike Carrell R Lakewood No
Jerome Delvin R Richland No
Mike Hewitt R Walla Walla No
Janea Holmquist Newbry R Moses Lake No
Jim Honeyford R Sunnyside No
Curtis King R Yakima No
Bob Morton R Kettle Falls No
Mike Padden R Spokane Valley No
Linda Evans Parlette R Wenatchee No
Pam Roach R Auburn No
Mark Schoesler R Ritzville No
Val Stevens R Arlington No
Dan Swecker R Rochester No
Joseph Zarelli R Ridgefield