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Happy Mother’s Day: Six Amazing Political Moms Standing Up For Marriage Equality

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.

By:           Evan Mulvihill
On:           May 13, 2012
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  • 7 Comments
    • Troglodyte
      Troglodyte

      Sweet bleeding Jesus, is there nothing else on gay peoples’ agenda these days other than getting maaaaaarried?

      May 13, 2012 at 3:38 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • MikeE
      MikeE

      @Troglodyte: yes, because other than the dozens upon dozens of pointless posts about half naked underwear models, that’s ALL you find on Queerty… only threads about marriage.

      Grow up. You certainly merit your user name.

      May 13, 2012 at 3:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • briander
      briander

      What a terrific tribute to the mothers and political leaders of our time.

      Let us not forget Secretary Clinton however. Her courageous and eloquent speech given earlier this year in recognition of International Human Rights Day is a defining moment for international LGBT rights. She is another true leader of our time.

      May 13, 2012 at 4:30 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Vklortho
      Vklortho

      @Troglodyte: There might be more pressing issues, but the one of marriage is one of the lower hanging fruits. What argument do they have against it? Freedom of religion? It violates the freedom of religion of more liberal religions/denominations to forbid them from performing gay marriages. The issue of gay marriage forces the so-called party of small government to back pedal and explain why its okay for government to interfere in people’s personal lives.

      May 13, 2012 at 7:46 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • John Doe
      John Doe

      If gays want marriage equality then marry the opposite sex like the rest of us. Marriage is between a man and woman 30 states agree with me

      May 14, 2012 at 1:06 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Paul Mc
      Paul Mc

      @John Doe- a gay man should marry a woman? What kind of debasement of the idea of marriage is that? To marry someone you don’t even love?

      Also, slavery was okay because the Southern States all agreed with it? I don’t think so.

      May 14, 2012 at 2:14 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Robert in NYC
      Robert in NYC

      @John Doe: You’re an idiot. A gay man or woman marrying someone of the opposite sex wouldn’t even be a marriage because there would be no sexual activity to consummate it. theeefore it would be null and void. Another thing, there is no law in any western country mandating procreation as a primary reason for marriage. Millions of childless hetero couples marry, some choose not to have children, others can’t for a variety of reasons.

      30 states may agree with you, but eleven countries, six American states and Mexico city don’t. More will follow.

      May 14, 2012 at 7:17 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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