“It is a day historians will mark as a milestone for equal rights. A day when we did what was right, we did what was just, and we did what was fair.” -Gov. Chris Gregoire, before signing into law a bill that makes Washington state the seventh state, plus the Washington, D.C., to legalize same-sex marriage.
“Years from now, our kids will look back and wonder what all the fuss was about.” -Rep. Jamie Pedersen, D-Seattle.
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“We are here today because of courageous legislators, Democratic and Republican, who voted for our families, often at great political risk to themselves.” -Sen. Ed Murray, D-Seattle, and sponsor of the gay marriage bill.
“I do think that people want to treat gay people fairly. That doesn’t mean they have that civil right to marriage.” -Joe Fuiten, senior pastor at Cedar Park Church in Bothell who is involved in the referendum effort.
“Valentine’s Day is coming a day early this year.” -Kathleen Taylor, executive director of the ACLU of Washington.
“This is what human rights history looks like. We’re proud of Washington because we believe that marriage equality is a human right which has to be honored and protected.” -Chris Stearns, Chairman of the Seattle Human Rights Commission.