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How Pierce County lawmakers plan to vote on gay marriage

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Jan. 21, 2012 at 1:09 pm with No Comments »
January 21, 2012 10:06 pm

With the first vote on same-sex marriage coming as early as next week, all Pierce County senators have staked out their positions. Among the county’s representatives in the House — where the outcome is not in question — just two votes are truly up in the air: Tacoma Democrats Troy Kelley and Steve Kirby.

Both backed an expansion of domestic partnerships in 2009, but neither is committed on this vote.

Kelley didn’t return phone calls Friday, after saying Thursday he couldn’t talk while driving in the foul weather.

Kirby said the issue’s divisiveness is the main source of his reservations. He plans to vote for the marriage bill in committee to move it along, then push for an addition on the House floor that would send it to a statewide vote.

One local Republican, freshman Rep. Katrina Asay from Milton, is not firmly committed — but she is opposed to the bill in its current form. She too wants a “referendum clause,” along with other changes.

The rest of the lawmakers who have wrestled with the issue, notably three Democrats, Sen. Jim Kastama, Rep. Tami Green and Rep. Chris Hurst, have made their decisions (Kastama yes, Green yes, Hurst no).

Here’s how the delegation plans to vote, according to their sponsorship of the marriage measure, their public statements or what they told The News Tribune or the Associated Press:

2nd district:

  • Sen. Randi Becker, R-Eatonville: No.
  • Rep. Jim McCune, R-Graham: No.
  • Rep. J.T. Wilcox, R-Yelm: No.

25th district:

  • Sen. Jim Kastama, D-Puyallup: Yes.
  • Rep. Bruce Dammeier, R-Puyallup: No.
  • Rep. Hans Zeiger, R-South Hill: No.

26th district:

  • Sen. Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor: Yes.
  • Rep. Jan Angel, R-Port Orchard: No.
  • Rep. Larry Seaquist, D-Gig Harbor: Yes.

27th district:

  • Sen. Debbie Regala, D-Tacoma: Yes.
  • Rep. Jeannie Darneille, D-Tacoma: Yes.
  • Rep. Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma: Yes.

28th district:

  • Sen. Mike Carrell, R-Lakewood: No.
  • Rep. Tami Green, D-Lakewood: Yes.
  • Rep. Troy Kelley, D-Tacoma: Could not be reached for comment Thursday or Friday.

29th district:

  • Sen. Steve Conway, D-Tacoma: Yes.
  • Rep. Steve Kirby, D-Tacoma: Uncommitted.
  • Rep. Connie Ladenburg, D-Tacoma: Yes.

30th district (includes parts of Pierce under preliminary redistricting plan):

  • Sen. Tracey Eide, D-Des Moines: Yes.
  • Rep. Katrina Asay, R-Milton: No as the bill stands now.
  • Rep. Mark Miloscia, D-Federal Way: No.

31st district:

  • Sen. Pam Roach, R-Auburn: No.
  • Rep. Chris Hurst, D-Enumclaw: No.
  • Rep. Cathy Dahlquist, R-Enumclaw: No.

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