Last week, I shared the video of Republican, Maureen Walsh and how she spoke before the House of Representatives in Washington State in favor of marriage equality. Recently, the Seattle Times did a story on Ms. Walsh and the fact that gay donors from across the country have donated to her re-election campaign.
According to the Times:
It is a pattern that is becoming more common as more state legislatures tackle gay marriage: A Republican or a conservative Democrat takes a bold public stance in favor of same-sex marriage, and soon after, receives the support of wealthy donors trying to offset possible backlash.
This should be a clear message to those afraid to speak out against mean-spirited amendments: the LGBT community is a very loyal community. If you stand up for our rights, we will support you.
However, her opposition – Mary Ruth Edwards – is already speaking out:
After I looked up who my representative was, I said to myself: I don’t want to be represented by someone who says she is a Republican, but was a co-sponsor of the bill to redefine marriage.
It’ll be interesting to watch how those who vote in favor of marriage equality will be affected in the fall.
To Ms. Walsh, thank you again for standing up for equality and love.