State Rep. Laurie Jinkins found a surprise in her Christmas stocking.
It was a new addition to her collection of stones, but this one was in the shape of a heart and said, “Marry Me.”
Jinkins, a Tacoma Democrat and Washington’s first openly lesbian lawmaker, helped push through last year’s law recognizing same-sex marriage, then campaigned to defend it on the ballot. And now that voters have signed off, she and her partner Laura Wulf will take advantage of it in a July 20 ceremony.
The wedding is at Union Station and state Supreme Court Justice Mary Fairhurst will do the honors.
Both Jinkins and Fairhurst worked in the attorney general’s office in the 1990s. And if Fairhurst had had her way, this moment might have come a lot sooner. She wrote a dissent in the court’s 5-4 decision in 2006 that upheld Washington’s gay-marriage ban.
Fairhurst wrote then that “the right to marry the person of one’s choice is a fundamental right.” She compared it to laws banning people of different races from marrying, which were once popular.
Yet today we understand antimiscegenation laws to be pure ignorance, discrimination, and hate. We should not have to go through the same painful process of waiting for popular opinion to catch up with the constitution to declare denial of the right to marry unconstitutional.
The couple have one son, Wulf Jinkins. Rep. Jinkins said Wulf is calling for a 10-foot-tall wedding cake.