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Seattle lawmakers react to California victory
Seattle lawmakers react to California victory
Following Thursday's ruling, the Seattle Gay News spoke briefly with State Senator Ed Murray, State Representative Jamie Pedersen, and Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen about the California's landmark decision.

Senator Ed Murray
"It's an important step for Gay and Lesbian people in all states, and I think hopefully, our own efforts to build our way to marriage through our domestic partnership strategy will also contribute towards changing hearts and minds and final victory in this state.

"The iron is hot in California, the answer is not really up to me or my Gay and Lesbian colleagues & the question has to be answered by the community whether we're going to be organizationally and financially in a place to go for marriage completely and be able to fight any initiative to turn it back, because the worse possible thing that could happen for us is for our opponents to force us to the ballot and for us to lose. I think we still have work to do, but I think it helps get people thinking about the issue, and every time the issue gets people thinking about it, we tend to get more and more people moving in our direction. I think we can get to marriage [in Washington], and I think we can get to it in the next several years."

Representative Jamie Pedersen
"I think it is an amazing decision that we will look back on as a turning point in our battle to make sure that same-sex couples across the country can marry legally.

"I think the polling certainly indicated that [same-sex Californians] have a reasonable chance of winning in November [against opposing bills], and I think the fact that there will be married couples will help as well, because generally the public is loath to take away rights that have already been given much more than not to grant rights in the first place. & We certainly learned from Massachusetts that, as people experience the world hasn't fallen apart with Gay peoples' families being protected, opposition just melts away."

Councilmember Tom Rasmussen
"I wasn't expecting it, and I was thrilled.

"I think that we should do all we can to help the people in California who are going to be defending this position & if we put money into campaigns across the country, this is one place where I think we could really help an important effort."

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