Stevens statement on Gov. Gregoire’s gay marriage proposal
Jan. 4, 2012
OLYMPIA…In response to the governor’s announcement today that she will support gay marriage legislation in the 2012 legislative session, Sen. Val Stevens, R-Arlington, issued this statement:
“Marriage between one man and one woman gives strength to society. Marriage and the family, instituted since the beginning of time, is the cornerstone of our nation and gives stability in our society. Children look to their mother and father to teach them family principles, which gives them a foundation to become contributing members of society.
“Same-sex marriage will erode that foundation. It will undermine the value that is statistically upheld for children being parented by a mother and father.
“Domestic partnership claimed to be the goal of the homosexual community, in order to give them the legal foundation they claimed was needed. However, only one-quarter of one percent of Washington citizens have taken advantage of the domestic partnership legislation passed in 2009. But now they want marriage.
“This is a tactic to divert attention from the emergent issue of the state’s financial crisis.
“The Washington State Constitution protects freedom of conscience and our religious heritage. I will oppose this legislative proposal for the sake of maintaining our stable society.”
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Sen. Stevens represents the 39th Legislative District,
which includes part of rural King, Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom counties.
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