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01/31/2006

Gregoire signs gay-friendly bill; will gay-unfriendly Bills and Gregs sign to have it bashed?

by Jeremy Hooper

   As expected, Washington Governor Christine Gregoire (pic.) today signed into law a recently passed bill that bans discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in the Evergreen State. However, if local 'mo foe Tim Eyman is successful in obtaining enough petition signatures by his June 7 deadline (the same day the law is scheduled to go into effect), the measure could be put on hold until Washington citizens have a chance to vote on it in November. If residents were then to vote against the measure, the whole decent endeavor would go kaput, forcing the gay bias-banning process to have to start anew.

But for now, let us not think abut that. For today, let's just celebrate the fact that after nearly three decades of debate, Washington gays are one step closer to never again being legally denied an apartment, job, or loan on the basis of their 'moness. There will be plenty of time to question Mr Eyman's tact and ideology over the next few months, as he scours the state in search of those with a similarly questionable mindset. Today, however, we will take a "glass is half full" mentality and simply say: "ooh, a half-filled glass of scotch -- don't mind if I do. Cheers, Wash. queers!

Washington Governor Signs Gay Rights Bill [AP via Yahoo! News]

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