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March 08, 2004
Seattle's Smartest RE Gay Marriage
Leave it to Seattle to come up with the best solution so far, in addition to pushing the issue forward.
Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels, not radically lefty, or gay, came up with a plan to extend the city's anti-discrimination law. Seattle won't marry gays (anyway, the county's marry in Washington state) but it will recognize those married elsewhere regarding benefits and rights as regular citizens.
Gay City Councilman Tom Rasmussen also supported the move.
This, of course, does leave a substantial gray area for the time being, but it probably won't become much of an issue.
It also won't become a national issue - or at least not one where Republicans can gain traction. Why? Because even many of its opponents now consider it inevitable. They themselves can't think of a legal reason why it should be prohibited, even if they can think of many religious reasons.
Lastly, I have attempted humor here. Offer better suggestions for photo captions if you have them. You will, although I don't think you'll be able to improve on picture 4.