Washington Gov Gregoire: ‘I Apologize That It Took Me So Long’ To Support Marriage Equality | Washington state Gov. Chris Gregoire (D) — who signed a marriage equality bill into law earlier this month — has apologized for not supporting same-sex marriage sooner. In an interview discussing her evolution on the issue, Gregoire says, “I apologize that it took me so long. I feel better about my head and my heart than I have in seven years. But it took me time. I regret that it took me that much time, but it just did.” Gregoire also reveals that she sought to avoid the issue during her re-election bid. “I remember saying to my campaign folks, ‘Don’t ask me again. I don’t want to discuss this issue.’ It was an anger that built up in me because I was too conflicted,” she says.