Washington Republican Senator Supports Marriage Equality Bill

Following Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire’s (D) announcement last week that she’d be introducing marriage equality legislation, Republican state Sen. Steve Litzow also came out in support of the measure, making him the first Republican in the legislature to do so. Litzow has been a solid LGBT ally since his election in 2010, voting for safe schools and other measures that support same-sex families. He defended his endorsement of equality as being consistent with traditional Republican values: “When you think about gay marriage, it’s the right thing to do and it’s very consistent with the tenets of being a Republican — such as individual freedom and personal responsibility.”