For many years it has been extremely rare to find reason to be proud of any politician. So, when we finally see elected officials acting in a manner consistent with the Constitution, American ideals and the very right and wrong of a thing, it should be celebrated.
It might seem unnecessary, perhaps even inappropriate, to compliment people for doing what is, after all, their sworn duty and the purpose for which they were elected, but compliment them I will. I am proud of those legislators who will be voting to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry.
I am particularly proud of anyone who votes that way contrary to his/her beliefs. A difficult decision that comes down on the side of fairness and equality should be recognized as a moral battle won.
We are, all of us, entitled to our beliefs. We are not, any of us, entitled to impose religious dogma on the rest of society. I mention religion because it is at the heart of most opponents’ stance.
Marriage is a civil act. That many people choose to have it sanctified by their particular religious organization does not alter its secular foundation.
So, congratulations to Gov. Chris Gregoire and to those courageous legislators. And, most important, congratulations to all the gay and lesbian couples who will, finally, hopefully, be able to fulfill their relationships in a way most meaningful to them.