Friday, February 10, 2012

Do you have to go to Washington state to find a compassionate Republican? Maybe

Posted By on Fri, Feb 10, 2012 at 5:59 PM

As Pennsylvanians know, when it comes to to gay marriage, Republicans are often the ones standing in the way. But as Washington state prepares for its governor to sign a gay marriage bill into law on Monday, one Republican representative deserves some credit: Rep. Maureen Walsh.

Walsh, one of two Republicans who voted for the bill, stood on the house floor and gave an emotional, but honest, speech about her thoughts on supporting the bill. It’s since gone viral.

Among the highlights, Walsh talked about the death of her husband six years ago, and what she learned from that relationship:

"I don't miss the sex. You know? To me that’s kind of what this boils down to ... I mean I certainly miss it. But it is certainly not the aspect of that relationship that incredible bond I had with that human being that I really, really genuinely wish I still had. So I just I think to myself, 'How could I deny anyone the right to have that incredible bond with another individual in life?' To me it seems almost cruel."



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