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Photo: Courtesy Washington State Legislature

"HOW COULD I deny anyone the right to have that incredible bond with another individual in life? To me it seems almost cruel. You know, years ago my daughter, she was in elementary school…and there were some kids, a whole group of kids, just picking on another kid. And you know, my daughter stood up for that kid even though it wasn’t the popular thing to do…. She was speaking against the vocal majority on behalf of the rights of the minority. And to me, it is incumbent upon us as legislators in this state to do that. That is why we are here."

—Maureen Walsh, just before she broke ranks with her party and became one of only two Republican state representatives to vote in support of Washington’s marriage equality bill, signed into law in February 2012.