Standing on the Right Side of History
  • Petitioned Representative Jamie Pedersen
  • Responded

This petition was delivered to:

Representative Jamie Pedersen
Senator Christine Rolfes
Senator Debbie Regala
Senator Kevin Ranker
Senator Craig Pridemore
Senator Margarita Prentice
Senator Cheryl Pflug
Senator Sharon Nelson
Senator Rosemary McAuliffe
Senator Steve Litzow
Senator David Frockt
Senator Joe Fain
Senator Tracey Eide
Senator Steve Conway
Senator Lisa Brown
Senator Ed Murray
Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles
Senator Adam Kline
Senator Derek Kilmer
See response
Senator Karen Keiser
Senator Jim Kastama
Senator Steve Hobbs
See response
Senator Andy Hill
Senator Mary Margaret Haugen
Senator Brian Hatfield
Senator Nick Harper
Mr. Speaker
Rep. Frank Chopp
Rep. Drew Hansen
Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos
Rep. Reuven Carlyle
Rep. Andy Billig
Rep. Luis Moscoso
Rep. Marcie Maxwell
Rep. Maureen Walsh
Rep. Marko Liias
Rep. Dave Upthegrove
Rep. Glenn Anderson
Senator Rodney Tom
Senator Maralyn Chase
Senator Jim Hargrove
Washington State House

Standing on the Right Side of History

    1. Stuart Wilber
    2. Petition by

      Stuart Wilber

      Seattle, WA

Voting one’s conscience is not always the politically expedient thing to do. Often it is done with great risk – personally and professionally. Each of you who courageously voted for Marriage Equality in Washington State did so because you believe that it is the fair thing to do. Each of you voted your conscience despite pressure from many of your colleagues and your constituents.
I am proud of each and every one of you. The civil rights of the minority should never be put to the vote of the majority – you resisted the temptation to take the easy way out and put it on the ballot this November. Many of you gave poignant speeches in support of treating all of the citizens of Washington equally that were moving and brought some who watched the debates on the floor to tears.
Your actions in the Senate and the House will reverberate throughout our nation and past her borders. Your vote was a vote for fairness and justice. It was a vote against discrimination. It makes me proud to be an American. Thank you for standing on the Right Side of History.

Recent signatures


    1. A response from Senator Steve hobbs

      Stuart Wilber
      Petition Organizer

      I served in the Army for more than 20 years and am currently an active duty member of the National Guard. During my service, which included deployment to combat zones in Kosovo and Iraq, I served right alongside many gay and lesbian soldiers. In fact, estimates are that approximately 66,000 gay and lesbian men and women are active duty members of our armed forces today. It is because of these soldiers I served with and continue to serve with today that I was a “yes” vote on this bill.How could I look my gay and lesbian comrades in the eye if I voted no? How could I stand next to them, train with them, fight with them and potentially die with them if I voted to deny them the same rights that I have?
      There is a line in the soldier’s creed that reads, “Never leave a fallen comrade behind.” It’s a line that we believe and live by. When you join the military you enter into a family and take a sacred oath to protect the members of your family. My vote on SB 6239 is an extension of that creed

    2. Decision-maker Senator Steve Hobbs responds:

      Senator Steve Hobbs

      Thank you for your support regarding marriage equality. As you may be aware, this bill was recently signed by the Governor. I am proud to say that I was a sponsor of this legislation and worked closely with my colleagues to pass this bill...

    3. A response from Senator Kilmer

      Stuart Wilber
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you for your message in support of marriage equality. I appreciate you taking the time to write.

      I was pleased to vote for marriage equality. I believe that same-sex couples who love each other, form life goals together, build families and spend their lives together deserve equal rights. Especially during the economic downturn, allowing more families to access the protections of civil marriage and ensuring all families live with as much certainty and dignity as possible makes sense. As John F. Kennedy once said, "In giving rights to others which belong to them, we give rights to ourselves and to our country."
      Thank you once again for contacting my office with your comments and concerns. If I can be of further assistance, do not hesitate to contact me.

      Derek Kilmer

      P.S. I send out an email update every few weeks to keep people informed regarding events in the Legislature. Please respond to this email if you are interested in receiving it

      Senator Derek Kilmer

    4. Decision-maker Senator Derek Kilmer responds:

      Senator Derek Kilmer

      Thank you for your message in support of marriage equality. I appreciate you taking the time to write.

      I was pleased to vote for marriage equality. I believe that same-sex couples who love each other, form life goals together, build...

    5. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Linda Pouliot ROCHESTER, NH
      • almost 2 years ago

      It's everyone's BASIC HUMAN RIGHT!

    • angela campbell OMAHA, NE
      • over 2 years ago

      Everyone has a right to live there life the way they want and not be Judged by what others feel or think. I'ts truely sad that some people think the way they live is a better way then the way others live its unfair and not right we are all God's children and if God doesn't Judge what gives us the right to Judge others and tell them how they should live there life. Let it go and let them live just as others do there way there not hurting anyone they have rights to. EQUAL TREATMENT. One day we will be Judged to by God and others and see how it feels to be the other person on the other side. THINK ABOUT IT!

    • dan o SANTA CLARA, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      We stand by those who stand by the LGBT community...because it takes courage even today...

    • Jerry Zachary NEW ORLEANS, LA
      • over 2 years ago

      Thanks for doing the right thing.

    • Lauren Scott RENO, NV
      • over 2 years ago

      I support equality for any two people. I support equal rights and equal protection under the law.


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