Same-Sex Marriage: Seattle's Embrace Resonated Nationally
For supporters of same sex marriage, it’s been a long haul to get to this point. And on the other hand, it’s been a whirlwind. It wasn’t many years ago, gay couples here weren’t able to visit a sick partner in the hospital. Advocates say incremental steps led to full marriage equality in 2012. Shaun Knittel with Social Outreach Seattle says that moved the national conversation forward.
“It really got the whole country talking about, hey this is possible. And when that happened, you saw immediately, law suits in almost every state. And so it slowly went up the judicial system, and now, once again the Supreme Court was asked if they would hear these arguments so we have a direct tie to how all this began to happen.”
Local supporters rallied Tuesday evening at the federal courthouse on Fifth Avenue in downtown Seattle. There are now thirteen states that don’t allow same-sex marriage. The U.S. Supreme Court ruling is expected in June.