StoryMetropolitan King County Councilmember Joe McDermott released this statement following today’s passage by the Washington state House of Representatives of marriage equality legislation:
“I thank the leaders who came before us, those who stood up and demanded equality following the Stonewall Riots of 1969. The community that took shape that night paved the way to today’s historic vote.
“I commend the courageous leadership our elected officials displayed. But most importantly, I commend the families who live their lives openly across King County and Washington State.
“This nation was founded on the premise of individual rights. The House of Representatives’ vote today is another step toward a more perfect union.
“Today is an historic and joyous day. But the fight for full equality under the law continues.”