This editorial will appear in Friday’s print edition.
The distinction of being the first state in the nation to approve equality for same-sex couples was supposed to go to the live-and-let-live state of Maine. Instead, it will belong to Washington.
Maine voters repealed that state’s same-sex marriage law by 53 percent to 47 percent this week, handing gay rights supporters a big defeat.
There, but for the grace of King County, would have followed Referendum 71.