United States of Motherhood: Washington Gay Marriage: Republican Representative Maureen Walsh Speaks Out in Favor of Same Sex Marriage

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Washington Gay Marriage: Republican Representative Maureen Walsh Speaks Out in Favor of Same Sex Marriage

My friends. Most of you know I am a fiscal conservative. I often call myself a MODERATE Republican.

However, I am often NOT proud of what my party does-- really what a minority in my party does--that reflects on me. I have often shuddered at the ugliness of what certain outspoken Tea Party advocates shout or the bigotry and close-mindedness of fringe parts of the Christian Right push on to the Republican agenda.

I have even considered switching to the Libertarian party. But today?

Today, after watching the testimony of Washington Republican Representative Maureen Walsh, I am in love.

I love her bravery.

I love her ability to go against the grain of our party and do what is right.

What is fair. What is equal.


I don’t wax as eloquently as most of the people on the floor here, but I have allowed my heart and mind to guide me on a lot of different decisions I’ve made in the legislature. I think sometimes that’s what we have to do.

I too don’t want to wag my finger at anybody about which way to vote on this. It’s certainly an issue of consciousness for me that I’ve been weighing very heavily for the past few weeks.

You know, I was married for 23 years to the love of my life and he died 6 years ago. I think of all the wonderful years we had and the wonderful fringe benefits of having 3 beautiful children. I don’t miss the sex, and to me that’s kind of what this boils down to. I don’t miss that… I mean I certainly miss it, but it’s certainly not the aspect of that relationship, that incredible bond I had with that human being, that I really really genuinely wish I still had. And so I just think to myself: how could I deny anyone the right to have that incredible bond with another individual in life. To me it seems almost cruel.

Years ago my daughter went to elementary school. Many of you have met my daughter she’s a fabulous girl, she’s wonderful, my boys are great too, but she’s really something special. She was the light of her father’s eye.

So she went to school and there were a whole group of kids picking on another kid, and you know, my daughter stuck up for that kid. Even though it wasn't the popular thing to do it was the right thing to do. I was never more proud of my kid than knowing she was speaking against the vocal majority on behalf of the rights of the minority. And to me, it is incumbent upon us as legislators in this state to do that. That is why we are here.

And I shudder to think that if folks who had preceded us in history did not do that, frankly I’m not sure I would be here as a woman. I’m not sure other people would be here due to their race or creed. And to me that is what’s disconcerting.

And someone made the comment that this is not about equality. Well yes it is about equality. And why in the world would be not allow those equal rights for individuals who are truly committed to one another in life to be able to show that in the way of a marriage.

My daughter came out of the closet a couple of years ago and you know what I thought I was going to agonize about that. Nothing’s different. She’s still a fabulous human being and she met someone she loves very much. And some day, by God, I want to throw a wedding for that kid. And someday I hope that’s what I can do. I hope she will not feel like a second-class citizen involved in something called a “domestic partnership” which frankly sounds like a Mary Maids franchise to me.

Thank you Mr. Speaker. That’s all I want to say.

How often do we see partisan politics force politicians to tout the party line or coalesce, moving away from the center? It's hard to move away from the pack. Just look at California's Proposition 8. Yes, it's hard to disagree, but not impossible.


NYC Single Mom said...

Thanks for posting.

elijah paul moses said...

Maureen Walsh, as so many do not realize what they are saying, our Lord Jesus Christ could not let Sodom and any other nation/city allow homosexuality to dominate any culture, if He our Lord had not crushed homosexual movements in the past, aids would have set in centuries ago before prevention, before research, and there would have been a plague beyond all others in the past leaving earth void of us! It is so sad that as He prophesy in the 28th Chapter of Deuteronomy has fell upon our generation in this Epic generation of His return! Amazingly He loves His gays/homosexual children knowing they are under attack by disease, but He loves those more dearly that do not endanger society as a whole! For evidence of this being the sadest thing to look upon, this gay movement, go to the about page of the Adam and Eve seed gathering Ministry site and therein are images of the unclean bacterial spirits our Lord Jesus came and battled and pointed out to us was the cause of all unnatural acts! The Cure for homosexuality is now near, it is not normal it is not born in anyone, it is an infection we all have, yet it causes some to sin/do unnatural acts of harlotism or drunkenness, or yes gayness, and some have all the symptoms of sin/the infection! But it does now soon end... Also for more proofs/truths go to Adam and Eve in action blog spot for undeniable truths/proofs.... Respect to all of God's book of Life

keepingmyselfaccountable said...

Heather, as a former washingtonian and a current republican, this makes me wish I was still living there. What this woman had the courage to say gave me goose bumps. I love it and wish everyone would just "get it" the way she has. This IS about equality and enough is enough. Thanks for a great post!

r.p.berry said...

These people who think voting for or condoning gay marriage are bringing down our society and hurrying the end of millions by way of God's hand! Go to the website at www.adamandeveseedgatheringministry.com and on the about page learn how the cause of homosexuality and all unnatural acts of mankind has been found! Motherhood as Marriage can only take place between man and Wo-man! Go to The Adam and Eve in action blog spot and there in are films of the Preparation of the beginning... It has begun..

karla porter archer said...

You sound like me... This has been my struggle over the last several years as I have seen my party become more and more close-minded. The self-righteous [not Godly] venom that spews from it is heart-breaking.

This is a beautiful post. Thank you for sharing.

elijah paul moses said...

I thought this post had ended, but received another e-mail on its substance! Gayness is not what America was made strong through or for, We are the United States of America one nation under God, not under gay! It is sad that the same spirit that caused the end of Sodom was blind enough to try the same thing in America and around earth, its only weak attack homosexuality, now comes to an end through Science and through God's Mighty Hand, for Evidence of this fact go to the about page and Adam the first researcher page as the entire site at Adam and Eve seed gathering Ministry, as well as the links on the Home page and Links page, and also for evidence go to http://adamandeveinaction.blogspot.com/ for undeniable and powerful evidence... Much rspect to all those of God's book of Life, and all others prepare for truth... It has begun..

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