Trudi Inslee touts husbands gay marriage view

first_imgTrudi Inslee, wife of gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee, met Tuesday, March 27, with local marriage equality supporters and reiterated her husband’s support for same-sex marriage during a meet and greet at downtown Vancouver’s Niche Wine and Art Bar.“Jay Inslee is the candidate that declared support for marriage equality early on,” Trudi Inslee said. “His opponent is against marriage equality. There is a clear choice for people to make, and we need people to be aware of that.”Jay Inslee, a former Democratic congressman from Bainbridge Island, first alluded to his sentiments on marriage equality as far back as February 2004 when The Seattle Times surveyed Washington state’s congressional delegation about its stance on a proposal to pass a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. “We have never amended the Constitution to deprive people of rights, and we shouldn’t start now,” he wrote in an email to the newspaper.Just before his campaign kickoff June 27 at Vancouver’s Christensen Shipyards, Inslee was specific about his position.“I’ve been married for 38 years, and I fundamentally believe that no government and no politician should deny any of my fellow Washingtonians the right to have what I have,” he told The Seattle Times.His opponent, Attorney General Rob McKenna, is opposed to same-sex marriage.The Legislature approved same-sex marriage earlier this year. Gov. Chris Gregoire signed it into law Feb. 13. It takes effect June 7 unless opponents of the law collect enough valid signatures by June 6 to qualify the issue for the November ballot, which would put the law on hold. If they’re successful, the measure would be called Referendum 74.last_img read more