Washington Attorney General: Residents Should Vote On Gay Marriage Rights

Washington Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna is responding to Gov. Chris Gregoire’s (D) call for marriage equality by arguing that voters should decide if gay and lesbian people should be allowed to marry. “This is an issue that every voter is capable of deciding, and they ought to decide it,” McKenna — who supports full legal rights for same-sex couples but says he is “struggling” with marriage — told The Olympian. “I think any change to the law that extends that (domestic partnership) civil rights law to include marriage ought to go to a vote of the people,” he said. “Everyone knows how they feel about it. [It] ought to go to a vote,” he added. Marriage equality is gaining support in the state Senate, from Republican candidates and local Washington governments. A poll conducted by the University of Washington Center for Survey Research in October found that 55 percent of voters in Washington “would support a state gay marriage law if it’s approved by the Legislature.”