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Rick Santorum gives pep talk to gay-marriage opponents at Olympia church

Rick Santorum stopped at a church on Olympia’s west side to talk to gay marriage opponents and plans to visit with Republican leaders at the Capitol.

State Sen. Dan Swecker just left the church and said the meeting hosted perhaps 125 people from around the state — mostly pastors. The meeting had been planned before Santorum announced he was coming and was held to talk about the referendum that is planned now that Gov. Chris Gregoire has signed the same sex marriage law, Swecker said.

For anyone disappointed by the loss in the Legislature, Swecker said Santorum told the crowd things never

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Rep. Jinkins celebrates after Senate vote to recognize gay marriage

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.

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Pierce County all-mail voting bill clears committee

A bill that would require Pierce County to close its last polling places moved forward this morning.

The Senate Government Operations Committee approved Senate Bill 5124, sending it to the Rules Committee. Gov Ops Chairman Craig Pridemore said he supported moving it along because of a separate provision unrelated to the poll voting controversy, but said the all-mail-voting proposal needs more work.

Pridemore, D-Vancouver, said he’s not persuaded by those who say the whole state needs to have a uniform way of voting. “I have always believed we should defer to local control,” he said.

But so far, Pridemore

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