OLYMPIA, Wash. – Lawmakers in Olympia don't expect to pass many hot-button social bills in the midst of the budget crisis. But gay rights advocates took Valentine's Day as an opportunity to make the case for same-sex marriage.
It was Valentine's Day in 1998 that Washington lawmakers voted to ban gay marriage. Since then Washington has legalized domestic partnerships. But Democratic State Senator Ed Murray thought Valentine's Day was just the right time to introduce a bill to recognize gay and lesbian marriage.
He says it's appropriate even while lawmakers spend most of their time trying to balance the budget.
Ed Murray: "It's a terrible economic time for everyone in the state, but imagine those families that don't have the protection of marriage, so I think introducing it this year, I think its a good idea."
Still Murray concedes lawmakers are not likely to pass gay marriage this year.
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