OLYMPIA, Wash. – When the Washington Senate votes on same-sex marriage Wednesday, the issue will be personal for the chief sponsor. Democratic Senator Ed Murray says if the bill becomes law, he plans to marry his partner.
Murray is one of the few openly gay members of the Washington legislature. In fact, he sat next to his partner Michael Shiosaki to testify during the public hearing in favor of the same-sex marriage proposal. They say they want to take the next step to their 21-year relationship by becoming spouses, instead of domestic partners. Murray says that he’s waited 17 years to introduce this bill. He says he thinks the time is right for same-sex marriage, both for the state of Washington, and for him and his partner.
Ed Murray : “One of the painful parts of this for me personally is – I am a Roman Catholic and I realize that I will never be able to be married in my own church.”
The same-sex marriage proposal would allow religious organizations in Washington to refuse to marry gay couples on religious grounds. Opponents of the same-sex marriage proposal are concerned that private businesses won’t have the same immunity as churches and can face lawsuits for denying service to gay couples.
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