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Supreme Court justice will marry Rep. Laurie Jinkins & partner at Union Station

State Rep. Laurie Jinkins found a surprise in her Christmas stocking.

Rep. Laurie Jinkins introduces partner Laura Wulf and son Wulf Jinkins at an election night party.
News Tribune/Peter Haley

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

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Three Tacoma campaign volunteers honored by National Women’s Political Caucus

The state Chapter of the National Women’s Political Caucus has included three volunteers from Tacoma among 15 volunteers statewide who were designated campaign Heroines.

They are Lynda Foster, Julie Myers and Janet Thiessen and they were singled out for their work on two 27th District legislative campaigns – Myers for her fundraising work for Jeannie Darneille‘s state Senate race; Foster and Thiessen for their work on the reelection of state Rep. Laurie Jinkins.

Also honored for her work on the secretary of state campaign of Kathleen Drew was Charlene Hunt of Olympia.

The announcement noted that Washington state once

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Freshmen House Democrats: Might take longer to persuade on taxes

Freshman House Democrats would rather seek unlikely two-thirds supermajorities in the Legislature for their tax-increase proposals than put them to a public vote.

If that means they need more time to persuade their fellow lawmakers, they said, so be it.

The group held a news conference today as some of their proposals start to get attention, 52 days into a 60-day session. A public hearing just wrapped up on a state tax on capital gains, offered by Tacoma Rep. Laurie Jinkins. Other proposals they support include adding expiration dates to tax breaks, charging sales tax to shoppers from out of state, and

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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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Morning update: Day 17

If you spot any lawmakers with ice cream today, it’s because dairy farmers are in town for their lobbying day.

They might want to stop into the House State Government Committee this morning. The panel is scheduled to vote on a bill that would try to cut down on junk food served by the state. Among the targets of Tacoma Rep. Laurie Jinkins‘s bill: dairy products that are not fat-free or low-fat.

Farmers aren’t the only ones trying to sweet-talk the Legislature today. Groups having their lobby days today include death penalty opponents, who will attend a public

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

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

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In about-face, Gov. Gregoire backs marriage rights for same-sex couples

From Alexis Krell in our Capitol bureau:

Gov. Chris Gregoire said today that she will introduce legislation to allow same-sex marriages in Washington state, her first public support for gay marriage.

“It is time, it’s the right thing to do, and I will introduce the bill to make it happen,” Gregoire told reporters.

Washington would be the seventh state to legalize gay marriage if the legislation is passed. The effort would not require religious institutions to perform same-sex marriages.

Gregoire has previously supported giving gay and lesbian couples the same rights as married couples, but not legalizing same-sex marriage. Voters

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