By the CNN Wire Staff
(CNN) - Washington moved closer to being the seventh U.S. state to allow same-sex marriage Monday when a key state senator announced her support.
Mary Margaret Haugen said she would be the 25th vote in the 49-member Senate for the bill. Supporters say the legislation already has a majority behind it in the state House of Representatives, and Gov. Christine Gregoire has said she would sign it if passed.
"For me personally, I have always believed in traditional marriage between a man and a woman," Haugen, a Democrat from the Puget Sound community of Camano Island, said in a statement on her decision. "That is what I believe, to this day.
"But this issue isn't about just what I believe," she continued. "It's about respecting others, including people who may believe differently than I. It's about whether everyone has the same opportunities for love and companionship and family and security that I have enjoyed."
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This issue is about Civil Rights, which is DEFINED as a class of rights and freedoms that protect individuals from unwarranted action by government and private organizations and individuals and ensure one's ability to participate in the civil and political life of the state without discrimination or repression. The rights of citizens to political and social freedom and equality NOWHERE does it say that Civil Rights are ONLY for a specific group (ie. Race, Women, Jews, Gays, Religion, Disabled, etc.) . Whether you like or support a group or not is IRRELVANT, and most people are not looking for your approval, they just want the same rights as everyone else. You may not like Blacks, Women, Gays, Disabled, Religious people, etc, but ALL of these groups need and deserve Civil Rights, for example, for safeguards that they may enjoy or may seek without constraint in the following areas: Rights in housing, jobs, public accommodations, equal access to government benefits, Marriage equality (marrying the consenting adult of their choice), and equal protection of the law, etc. . . . And if you don’t believe that, then maybe your Civil and Equal Rights should be taken away from you.
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