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Rep. Jinkins celebrates after Senate vote to recognize gay marriage

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Feb. 1, 2012 at 9:30 pm with No Comments »
February 1, 2012 9:30 pm
Jinkins gets a victory hug from Gov. Chris Gregoire in the Senate wings tonight. AP PHOTO/Elaine Thompson

Tacoma’s Laurie Jinkins, the only openly lesbian member of the Legislature, watched the 28-21 Senate vote from the Democratic wings with her partner, Laura Wulf.

Jinkins told me afterward:

Just like any kind of movement, you try and build, issue after issue, day after day, and we have. And we did.

And we won.

In the emptier Republican wings, Sen. Dan Swecker was ready to start pushing the issue to a statewide vote.

“We’ll have to start getting signatures,” said Swecker, who worked on the original Defense of Marriage Act in 1998. Swecker’s opponent on this issue, gay-marriage champion Sen. Ed Murray, was also looking ahead: “Celebrate tonight and get to work tomorrow.”

Here’s our story for tomorrow’s paper.



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