February 13, 2012

Rich Ferraro
Director of Communications, GLAAD
(646) 871-8011

New York, NY, February 13, 2012 – The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the nation’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender media advocacy and anti-defamation organization, joined the chorus of fair-minded Americans celebrating a historic bill signed today by Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire that will bring marriage equality to the Evergreen State.  The bill, approved by Washington lawmakers, is set to take effect on June 7 and will make Washington the seventh state (and eighth jurisdiction) to legally allow marriage for same-sex couples.

“Today, yet another state has rendered into law what a majority of Americans already know in their hearts: committed couples should be able to marry the person they love,” said Mike Thompson, Acting President of GLAAD. “As millions of people celebrate their love this Valentine’s Day, countless gay and lesbian couples in Washington State are finally one step closer to enjoying the vital protections that only marriage can afford.”

A May 2011 Gallup poll found that 53% of Americans believe that “marriages between same-sex couples should be recognized by the law as valid.” Earlier today, the New Jersey state Senate voted 24-16 to advance a bill that would bring marriage equality to that state. Other jurisdictions that allow marriage for gay and lesbian couples include Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York and Washington, D.C.