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Gay marriage: Soon, the public’s turn to decide

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Jan. 23, 2012 at 1:09 pm with No Comments »
January 23, 2012 1:09 pm

With approval in sight for recognition of same-sex marriages in the Legislature, attention will soon turn to whether opponents can put it on the ballot — and if they do, whether Washington voters will make history by supporting it.

Thirty-one states have voted on the issue. All 31 have elected to keep marriage between a man and a woman.

Washington voters would be the first to make that leap.

But polls show attitudes are changing. In Washington, they indicate supporters of gay marriage outnumber opponents.

“I feel confident that we can” win in November, Rep. Laurie Jinkins of Tacoma told reporters today, “and there will continue to be a very large movement in the voting public.”

Jinkins also had a personal message of confidence for her partner at today’s press conference:

“Laura, I’m so happy I’m going to get to marry you.”

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