As the saying goes, “kill two birds with one stone”. That’s what Washington State and New Jersey are attempting to do with the passage of similar same-sex marriage bills.
Just today Washington state Governor Christine Gregoire signed legislation making Washington the seventh state to allow same-sex partners to marry. Now, New Jersey is working on a similar bill that was recently passed in the state Senate at a vote of 24 to 16. However both states will have to continue battling for the laws to stay in effect.
Already, New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie, has voiced his disapproval of the bill that’s making its way through legislation. He believes it doesn’t accurately represent the people of New Jersey but only the 118 members that voted for it in the Senate. It is very likely at this point that Christie will move to veto the legislation and the subsequent battle to override his action.
Also in Washington, just because Governor Gregoire has signed the bill into law does not mean the battle is over. The bill is not immediate and will not go into effect until June 2012. Opponents of same-sex marriage are already gather forces to push the deadline to November in order to save any attempts or chances they may have of ousting the bill.
Although the battle for same-sex marriage and gay rights is not over yet, just the passing of the bill in Washington, and hopefully soon in New Jersey indicates the change among us. Even if bigots draw a referendum against same-sex marriage, the taste is in our mouths and sooner rather than later, gays in Washington will be wed.