Gov. Chris Gregoire is scheduled today to sign Washington’s new “everything but marriage” bill — giving gay and lesbian couples all the state-provided benefits that married heterosexual couples have.
It’s the latest step in a three-year effort to expand rights for same-sex couples.
However, state Sen. Ed Murray of Seattle, who has spearheaded the effort, cautions that the debate for actual same-sex marriage may still be a few years off.
Besides the fact that this is the right thing to do — legally, ethically and morally — this is a good move.
The tide has turned.