In 2007 Washington State passed the Domestic Partnership law. Proponents argued that this was not aimed at instituting same sex marriage in Washington, but to afford same sex couples such protections as being able to visit their partners in a hospital. Since this law was enacted, one quarter of one percent of the state population has felt they needed to register as domestic partners, and some of those have been heterosexual seniors.
In 2007 Washington State passed the Everything But Marriage law. Proponents argued that this also was not aimed at instituting same sex marriage in Washington, but to afford further protections that the Domestic Partnership law neglected.
Now in 2011, in a session where the stated priority was to come up with a supplemental budget to address a $1.5 billion dollar shortfall, the budget process came to a standstill for several weeks while the Democrats passed the Same Sex Marriage bill, almost along party lines.
I support the rights of all Washingtonians, not just the rights of a very small minority. I believe that a majority of us do not want our children taught that same sex marriage is just the same as traditional marriage. We do not believe that our children marrying a same sex partner is a good choice for them. So we do not want our state law to say that same sex marriage and traditional marriage are the same. And I fully expect that the vote on R-74 will support this view.