Council to vote on marriage equality tonight

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Marriage equality rally in Rhode Island/Flickr photo by by Jef Nickerson
Marriage equality rally in Rhode Island/Flickr photo by by Jef Nickerson

Tonight gay rights advocates from The Pride Foundation, Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane, Destinations of Spokane and Westminster United Church of Christ will swarm Spokane City Hall, where the city council is expected to vote on a resolution supporting gay marriage.

Supporters will gather at Westminster at 5 p.m. and will march to City Hall.

In a press release Shar Lichty, of Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane, said, “We need to show strong community support to make this happen. We need supporters to join us for the march and to fill the Spokane City Council chambers. All individuals who attend the council meeting can sign in to indicate that they are in support of the resolution. We also encourage those who are willing to testify to the council on why marriage equality matters to them to do so during the public comment portion.”

Resolution 2012-0036 is sponsored by City Councilman Jon Snyder, who says gay marriage isn’t just a “West Side issue.”

The resolution reads, “marriage provides legal and economic protections including access to health care, parenting rights, and property rights… the City of Spokane proudly embraces the diversity of all its residents and adopted Ordinance C-32232 on January 25th 1999 stating, ‘The City of Spokane finds that discrimination based on race, religion, color, sex,  national origin, marital status, familial status, age, sexual orientation, or disability poses a substantial threat to the health, safety and general welfare of the citizens of Spokane'; and
WHEREAS, all couples in loving and committed relationships should be given the opportunity to create stronger and more successful families through civil marriage…”

The council is expected to approve the resolution.

The meeting is slated to begin at 6 p.m.

Should the City Council vote in favor of gay marriage? Take the poll!

Tracy Simmons

About Tracy Simmons

Tracy Simmons is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 15 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.
Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She is also a Journalism Instructor at Washington State University.

She also writes for The Spokesman-Review and for the Religion News Service.

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