Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum is planning to do his best to upstage Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire on the day she signs into law the bill that legalizes marriage equality in the state.
As Republican presidential contenders denounce same-sex marriage, gay-rights supporters and their allies in states such as Washington, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey and Colorado think marriage equality is a swell idea.
The supportive companies will join more than 70 businesses that signed onto the Washington United for Marriage Business Coalition, in support of the bills, SB6239 and HB2516, which will be heard in senate and house committees on Monday, Jan. 23.
If the bill passes, Washington would become the seventh state to provide marriage equality to its citizens. Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont, along with the District of Columbia, have legalized same-sex marriage.
Even as a religious conservative group moved to stop it, the Secretary of State's Office on Monday began making public the names of 137,500 people who signed Referendum 71 petitions two years ago to bring a domestic-partnership law to a public vote in the state of Washington.