GOP state senator to support gay marriage in Washington

GOP state senator to support gay marriage in Washington

Senator Steve Litzow is the first Republican from Washington to announce his support for the state’s gay marriage bill.

Here’s what he had to told the Seattle Times about his decision:

“I am a traditional Republican. When you think about gay marriage, it’s the right thing to do and it’s very consistent with the tenets of being a Republican — such as individual freedom and personal responsibility.”

His announcement follows last week’s decision by Gov. Chris Gregoire to introduce and push a law that affords gay and lesbian couples the same rights and benefits of marriage enjoyed by other couples.

If the legislation is approved — and it should be — Washington would become the seventh state in the country to act on this compelling civil-rights issue.