It’s not often we get to make an announcement like this.
Yesterday, the Washington State House of Representatives passed SB 6239, which grants civil marriage equality to same sex couples and protects the right of clergy to decide who they will marry. Now the bill goes to the governor’s office, where it will be signed into law, rendering our lobby day moot.
So what’s next? According to Zach Carstensen, Director of Government Relations and Public Affairs for the Jewish Federation:
- Governor Gregoire Signs SB 6239. The Governor will sign SB 6239 on Monday, February 13th at 11:30 am in Olympia, WA.
- Community Marriage Equality Celebrations. Also on Monday from 5-7:30 pm, there will be a series of community events/celebrations to mark this historic moment and get ready for the likely referendum, locations tbd.
- Kulanu: Jewish Values and Marriage Equality — February 16, 20120. It won’t be happening in Olympia, but the program originally scheduled will still happen — slightly modified of course — in Seattle at Temple De Hirsch Sinai. Anyone who is interested should meet at TDHS starting at 10 am. There will be a brief service led by Rabbi Danny Weiner, followed by a campaign update, review of what comes next for the marriage equality effort, light lunch with text study, and will conclude with direct actions to support the campaign. To register, please email Rabbi Aaron Meyer (firstname.lastname@example.org).
P.S. check out Rep. Maureen Walsh’s fantastic floor speech from yesterday’s House debate. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=UiGmgqW6ES8