Marriage Redefinition Bill Passes Legislature

By Rebecca Faust

         

          The House of Representatives voted this afternoon to pass the marriage redefinition bill. This is the same bill already passed by the Senate, so it will now be sent to the governor for her to sign into law.

 

Citizens can still demand a referendum by submitting petitions to the Secretary of State's office with sufficient signatures.

 

The House rejected all proposed amendments, including an amendment which would have required that the measure be sent to the people as a referendum. The House voted to reject seven amendments in all. Other amendments which were rejected would have extended religious protection to private businesses; permitted couples to say that they take each other as "husband and wife," rather than "spouses," at their wedding; and required one month's residency before a couple married in Washington State.

 

You can see how your representatives voted on the legislature's website. Please continue to pray about this issue, for our state, and for our public officials. If you would like to send a message to the governor's office, you can do so via the governor's website.

 


 

Comments:

Posted by sophia on February 9, 2012
 I pray that Jesus give us discernment, believing the Lord to protect our hearts while engaging in compassionate, thoughtful debate. I am a Christian. I fully support the right of Churches to discriminate based on sexual orientation according to their doctrine. I fully support the right of religious institutions to define marriage as a sacrament between 1 man and 1 woman according to their constitutional rights as religious institutions. I fully respect the right of a Church to deny gays/lesbians access to Holy Matrimony.  But in 1802, Thomas Jefferson's letter to the Danbury Baptist Association referring to the 1st amendment read: "... I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should 'make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,' thus building a wall of separation between Church & State."

  The Constitution guarantees all citizens, regardless of circumstance of any kind, equal protection from discrimination and equal access to civil liberties. Civil marriage is a civil liberty. Holy Matrimony is not.  I have often wondered, If the bible said that heterosexuality was a sin, could I learn to fall in love with another woman, could I keep from falling in love with a man? What would it be like to wake up every morning knowing I couldn’t marry the one I love?..could not tell anyone for fear of being ostracized?..had to beg God to take the love from my heart to stop the pain of having to choose between him and God? If he was in an accident and the hospital refused me visitation because I wasn't next of kin? If his family refused to let me see him because they disproved of us? The truth is, I know how it feels. I’m gay. I have suffered, and recovered from, enormous rejection and cruelty at the hands of my fellow Christians. When I was 5, I asked my baby sitter if she would marry me when I grew up...not because I lusted after her, but because I had a crush on her. In first grade, and 4th, I had crushes on my female teachers. I was born that way...it’s not about sex, it’s about who you fall in love with and I guarantee you...we’re born that way...at least those of us who fall in love are. Anyone can have sex with a member of the same gender if they choose, but falling in love is not a choice. We no longer cut off our hands or pluck out our eyes when they cause us to sin. We no longer stone adulterers to death. We no longer offer burnt offerings to God. Why then do we have to persecute our Homosexual brothers and sisters? The law of God is written on the hearts of men. To Love is the only command Jesus gave. The old covenant died on the cross. Let’s let it go and lose the judgement of each other and get the planks out of our own eyes. Love and blessings to you all, and thanks for reading.
Posted by anonymous on February 9, 2012
Praying the authors can write a ballot that is strong and difficult to challenge . Also for a peaceful session of signature collection.
Posted by Joi Raihala on February 9, 2012
Wahsington State is one of the most unchurched state sin the union. And this vote proves that point. I appreciate that our representatives from our district voted their conscenices against this bill. This bill goes against all that I have been brought up to believe in. The House and Senate should have allowed this to go to the people for a vote! I will sign any petition that comes to me to this point. Joi Raihala
Posted by Donna Terryll on February 9, 2012
I have copied the legislatures votes and will refer to that for upcoming votes. I am very disappointed. . . couples can't even say that they take each other as "husband and wife!" The citizens should have had voting rights on this bill. This should be a people's choice, not the government's.
Posted by Robert coleman on February 9, 2012
You people really just can't fathom that gay people are human beings, can you? Sadly, that's your deeply ingrained bigotry talking. You are on the wrong side of history, right there with Jim Crow and the KKK.
Posted by Sandra Chapman on February 8, 2012
This is a very sad day for WA State.
Posted by Marilyn Montgomery on February 8, 2012
We must pray for our state. This legislation is an abomination to a free and still moral society, altho' we are certainly on a slippery slope. We must pursue the Referendum. And we must elect Shahran Hadian to the governorship! He will get our state back to the Constitution and back to moral principles! Let us pray the Governor will change her mind and not sign this legislation! I fear for her immortal soul if she does. God will not be mocked.
Posted by Donna Houston on February 8, 2012
We were made different to function different.
Posted by Thomas Pesnell on February 8, 2012
The Marriage Redefinition bill is an insult to the state of Washington. To not trust the people of Washington in a bill that affects the people in such personal ways demonstrates that Congress is trying to take the easy way and not submit this to the people. Unacceptable and insulting.
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