With the signing of Senate Bill 6239 on Feb. 13, Washington said no to exclusion and yes to inclusion. Our great state now sees people as people, eliminating one more form of discrimination from our society. Gay and lesbian couples are no longer secondhand citizens when it comes to their right to marriage.
Yet, some still feel they are better. Some still feel it is their right to discriminate, not on facts but on feelings. Some still insist on the segregation of them from us.
We hear about the sanctity of marriage and how the denying participation of gay and lesbian couples will somehow protect heterosexual husband and wives from a force so powerful that, if not extinguished, marriage as we know it will cease to exist.
Fear born of ignorance breeds bigotry, and with it we get homophobic individuals who are currently hiding behind church walls to spread their agenda of hate among the faithful. These pious people like to go on and on about their beliefs as if what they believe somehow gives them the right to restrict the life, liberty and pursuit of happiness of others.
This gathering of signatures to overturn this great state of Washington’s progress is an ugly, nasty, divisive and cruel example of an intolerance we should not ignore. Not now, not ever.