Washington state, once again is nearing closer to become the next state to allow same-sex marriage, but there are a few obstacles standing in the way of getting the votes.
It’s true that in a few months, Washington may become the seventh state to legalize same-sex marriage. According to House Speaker Frank Chopp, there are enough votes to move the bill from his chamber and into the house, where he feels the bill could pass. However in the senate, the bill is still in danger of falling apart.
The bill was introduced on January 13th and many believe it has a good chance of passing but it will be it will be a close one. In order for the bill to pass the senate, 25 votes are required. But, so far there are only 23 “reliable” yes voters out there. Of these 23, 21 are democrats and two are republicans. That leaves a short margin of only two people that need to be swayed to vote yes. There are also 20 senators who will definitely against the bill. So out of 49 total senators there are 6 individuals out there who will sway for or against. This is still promising as we need only two of them to vote yes in order to pass the historic bill.
Here’s the gang of six:
Mary Margaret Haugen D-10
Jim Kastama D-25
Joe Fain R-47
Brian Hatfield D-19
Andy Hill R-45
Paull Shin D-21
I sure hope at least two of these senators can be swayed to vote for the bill. If they know what’s good for them they’ll decide to be on the right side of history in this landmark vote. Let’s face it, same-sex marriage will pass. It’s only a matter of time. So why not be one of those earliest pioneers who made gay marriage a reality in Washington state.