Gay marriage supporters celebrate, but expect fight on ballot

By | January 23, 2012 | Comments

Following this morning’s hearing on the gay marriage bill, Sen. Ed Murray opened up a press conference with the announcement that Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen had decided to vote yes — giving it enough votes to pass. He was met by cheers and a standing ovation from dozens of supporters and gay rights advocates.

Rep. Jaime Pedersen said that while today is a step toward the end of an “era of discrimination,” he cautioned that there will more work ahead and he “fully expects that it will end up on the ballot.”

Zack Silk, the campaign manager for Washington United for Marriage, said he expects the religious groups from across the nation to fund an effort to send gay marriage to the voters. “This is the first scrimmage in a long battle leading up to November,” Silk said.

But the mood remained lighthearted, with several speakers cracking jokes and telling their personal stories, including an elderly couple who have been together for 35 years this month — even after all these years “today takes the cake,” one said.

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