Governor Christine Gregoire (D-WA)
As the governor of the Evergreen State, Gregoire first signed anti-discrimination legislation protecting LGBT people in 2006. She announced her support for marriage equality earlier this year at a big ol’ press conference (see video above). In her speech, Gregoire delivered a series of no-nonsense arguments comparing gay-marriage bans of the present to anti-misegnation laws of the past.
Speaking candidly, Gregoire says she was on her own journey toward equality: “It has been a battle for me, with my religion. And I have always been uncomfortable with the position that I took publicly. The religions can decide what they want to accept, but the state cannot discriminate… And let me just tell you, I feel so much better today than I have for the last seven years.” Beautiful.