October 26, 2012
In countless living rooms across Washington, state Rep. Maureen Walsh from Walla Walla has been telling her story. Set to soft music, her message is measured, pleasantly backlit, and unmistakably firm: “As a Republican,” she says, “I don’t believe the government should tell anyone who they can or cannot marry.” The televised ad represents, for Walsh, yet another very public step forward in a struggle for “fundamental fairness.” The ad is sponsored by Washington United for Marriage, the coalition working to approve Referendum 74 that would give all couples, regardless of sexual orientation, the right to marry within Washington state.

Rep. Walsh appeared at the 2012 GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles. See GLAAD's Washington marriage equality page for more information and resources on voting to approve Referendum 74.