In the past two weeks, four state lawmakers and three Metropolitan King County Council members, all Republicans, have done something that would have seemed impossible in Washington a few years ago.
The politicians — state Sens. Steve Litzow and Cheryl Pflug and Reps. Glenn Anderson and Maureen Walsh — agreed to take a historic vote to legalize same-sex marriage, a bold move by any gauge.
And three County Council members — Reagan Dunn, Pete von Reichbauer and Jane Hague — backed a resolution telling the Legislature: Go ahead, the county wants lawmakers to approve gay marriage. These folks could have steered clear of the issue, but opted instead to stand up for fairness and equality. [Read more...]