Burien City Council Votes To Support Marriage Equality Act

The Burien City Council voted unanimously Monday night (Jan. 23) to express its support for the Marriage Equality Act, which would legalize same-sex marriage in Washington, now under consideration by the Legislature.

At the beginning of the council’s first meeting since Jan. 9 – which was the same day the 2012 Legislature convened – Councilman Jack Block Jr. asked that the matter be added to the evening’s agenda.

In the meantime, Gov. Chris Gregoire voiced her support for legalizing gay marriage in the state, and earlier Monday it appeared the Senate had enough votes to pass the act – virtually assuring its passage by the Legislature.

“We have an important role as a city council to protect the equality of all our citizens,” Block said to begin their discussion. Recalling passage of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964, he added, “It’s the right thing to do.”

Block asked them “to continue the proud tradition of the city council to advocate for all our citizens.”

Among those actions, the council approved in 2003 benefits for same-sex partners of city employees. That legislation was sponsored by then-Councilman Stephen Lamphear, who is openly gay.

Councilman Gerald Robison said it was important for the council to go on the record as supporting the Marriage Equality Act.

Block moved to adopt his motion to make it so, and Councilwoman Joan McGilton seconded it, adding, “I voice my support for it.”

Council members Bob Edgar and Lucy Krakowiak were absent.

City staff will draft a letter stating the council’s official support of the measure, which will be sent to the governor and the Legislature.


2 Responses to “Burien City Council Votes To Support Marriage Equality Act”
  1. Stephen Lamphear says:

    Thanks for the credit for making Burien the first suburban city in Washington to provide domestic partner benefits. Just to correct the facts, Burien adopted its domestic partner ordinance in 2001. In 2004, Burien adopted the most comprehensive anti-discrimination ordinance in the state. Also my proposal.

    I appreciate the Burien Council for continuing this progressive legacy.

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