It's the first week of the 2012 legislative session in Olympia and lawmakers are already going head to head about a proposal to legalize same-sex marriage. Last week, Governor Christine Gregoire announced she plans to propose a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in Washington.
If passed, Washington would be the seventh state to recognize same-sex marriage. However, some lawmakers argue marriage should remain between a man and a woman. Senator Mike Padden (R-Spokane Valley) issued a news release today opposing the bill.
“I do not support changing the traditional definition of marriage," wrote Senator Padden.
"I will oppose any bill that attempts to redefine marriage as anything other than its historic definition as a union of one man and one woman," explaining further. "Marriage has always been understood as a comprehensive relationship between a man and woman, as husband and wife, grounded in their complementary nature and their ability to naturally conceive and give birth to children, as father and mother.
“The state has always recognized the special nature of that relationship and its benefits for society as a whole."