On Tuesday evening I attended a fundraiser for Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) who is up for re-election in 2012. The fundraiser was attended by LGBT and allied supporters of the Senator.
The big question in Washington State right now for gays and lesbians is whether we will push for the freedom to marry in 2012. I asked Senator Cantwell in front of 40 or so attendees, if marriage for gays and lesbians was on the ballot in 2012, would she publicly support marriage for gays and lesbians. She quickly responded, "Yes."
Senator Cantwell also spoke about how frustrated she was with the gridlocked Congress because equality issues can not move forward.
She endorsed the repeal of DOMA, the passage of ENDA, was strongly supportive of the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", as well as dozens of other line item issues that must be reformed in our legal code for our families to be treaded equally under the law.
Senator Cantwell is clearly a friend to the LGBT community. I am very pleased that the Senator continues to support our families as we endure our long struggle for equal treatment under the law. It is reassuring to know she is ready to lend her voice when we move forward with marriage for gays and lesbians in Washington State.