Quotes from the WA House debate on gay marriage

Quotes from the WA House debate on gay marriage
Gov. Chris Gregoire, right, looks on at a House floor debate on gay marriage with Sen. Ed Murray, left, D-Seattle, and Sen. Lisa Brown, D-Spokane, from the wings Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, in Olympia, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

"With today's vote, we tell the nation that Washington state will no longer deny our citizens the opportunity to marry the person they love. We tell every child of same-sex couples that their family is every bit as equal and important as all other families in our state. And we take a major step toward completing a long and important journey to end discrimination based on sexual orientation." —Democratic Gov. Chris Gregoire.

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"No one in this state has the right to change the definition of marriage. The bill casts aside one of the greatest cornerstones of our society, the family unit, which starts with a father and a mother." —Rep. Jim McCune, R-Graham.

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"Why should their union of over 23 years not be recognized? They are committed to each other. They love each other." —Rep. Ruth Kagi, D-Lake Forest Park, talking about her Democratic colleague, Rep. Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma, and her partner, Laura Wulf.

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"This is about couples. This is about family. This is about kids. This is about love and commitment." —Rep. Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma.

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"This country was not founded on sexual liberty. It was founded on religious liberty. Where those two clash, religious liberty should always win out." —Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley.

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"I'm very proud of my children. I'm very proud of my two sons. And they deserve the same rights and privileges that their brothers and sisters have. We have to have equal rights." —Rep. Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney, D-Seattle, speaking about her two gay sons.

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"This is a dark day for people of faith and those who honor natural, traditional marriage. It is a tipping point for the state." —Gary Randall, Faith & Freedom Network and Foundation.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.