Washington Olympian Editors: Same-Sex Marriage a Distraction from Budget Crisis


Democrats in Washington state, like Democrats in New Jersey, appear to be elevating pushing same-sex marriage over bread-and-butter issues. The editors of the Washington Olympian say the state's budget crisis should be the top priority:

Will Washington become the seventh state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage? Will lawmakers be so distracted by the contentious issue that they let it divert them from their primary purpose – balancing the state budget?

Long conflicted over the marriage issue, Gov. Chris Gregoire reversed course last week and threw her full support behind a bill to legalize same-sex marriage – legislation that is expected to breeze through the state House of Representatives, but struggle in the Senate.

... If lawmakers do muster the votes in the Senate to pass the same-sex marriage legislation, we suspect conservative and religious organizations will challenge it through the referendum process, sending it to the ballot for a public vote in November.

Our fear at this point is that the contentious marriage debate will distract lawmakers who have only 60-days to balance a state operating budget that’s $1.5 billion out of alignment. That must be the top priority.

Lawmakers know the depth of the financial problem and explored potential solutions in the December special session. It’s time for action. The longer the delay, the deeper the cuts to spending. If lawmakers get distracted on the marriage issue, and slip into yet another special session to balance the budget, it will be a failure of Democratic leaders in the House and Senate.


  1. SC Guy
    Posted January 18, 2012 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    Yes it is a distraction and it's also not nearly as popular as they've duped themselves into believing. A PPP poll in May found that Washingtonians were deadlocked 48%-46% on legalizing SSM while a poll out today in Maryland (Gonzales Research) found voters deadlocked 49%-47%:

    So the idea that the Blue states support gay marriage is a controversial statement at best. Don't give up the fight against SSM, folks!!

  2. Garrett
    Posted January 18, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    You do realize that marriage IS a "bread and butter issue," too, right? Especially when it comes to taxes, health benefits, immigration rights, life insurance, etc.?

  3. Louis E.
    Posted January 18, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

    Garrett,if only you realized the need to pressure all same-sex couples to break up!!

  4. kieran
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    Louis E-

    That's it, go ahead and rip children of same-sex couples from their loving, caring home.

  5. Louis E.
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

    Kieran,there are no children "of" same-sex couples,only in the custody of (and needing to be rescued from) same-sex couples.The biological link is to one or neither of the couple.

  6. kieran
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

    Louis E-

    Go ahead and "rescue" those children. I'm sure all the tears those children will shed will be tears of joy, not tears of sadness for having their family ripped apart by someone as intolerant as you 😀

  7. Louis E.
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

    Any that aren't will be the consequence of brainwashing by the self-centered homosexuals who used those children to further their pretense of being a "family".

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