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During an emotional speech at a party in support of same-sex marriage, which was leading in initial returns, State Sen. Ed Murray, who is openly gay, said the celebration was not a victory of one set of Washingtonians over another.
“Instead, we celebrate the belief that all families should be treated fairly,” Murray said. “We celebrate the work of those in this room and tens of thousands across this state who had the courage and belief that by acting could strike down an injustice.
“We celebrate those who over the decades despite scorn and discrimination built this movement and made this day possible,” he continued. “While tonight we celebrate, tomorrow we must reach out to those who opposed us. All of us desperately love this nation and this state. Together we must unite in this time of great financial crisis, and work to strengthen all marriages and all families.”
Murray waded into the crowd where he was greeted by hugs and thanks from people grateful that he has fought 17 years for marriage equality.
“This is strange for me,” he said during a rare moment of quiet in the hallway. “Politicians aren’t used to being hugged and thanked.”
Murray said he and his partner have been waiting until Washington’s law changed in order to be married here.
Given Ref. 74’s lead, they may make plans to get married next summer.