Senator ED Murray (Democrat pictured on the left) and Jamie Pedersen (Republican pictured on the right), openly gay, want that finally the state of Washington grants the marriage to same-sex couples.
Murray had already, in 2006, sponsored a landmark gay-rights legislation prohibiting discrimination based on race, sex, religion, national origin, marrital status and other categories. and in 2007, a domestic-partnership law. Both passed.
"We've always said that domestic partnership was not an end to itself but a path toward marriage," Murray said.
It is time to pass gay marriage.
"I don't believe it's as radioactive as even the civil-rights bill six years ago," he said. "I think people in this state have moved on."
Democrats currently hold a 27-to-22 majority in the Senate and a 56-to-42 advantage in the House as reports TheSeattletimes.
"The Senate has always been a problem," Murray said. "I know we do not have enough votes in the Democratic caucus in the Senate to pass marriage and that it would require ... a bipartisan vote, with some Republicans voting for it."