Washington State Representative Maureen Walsh recently filmed a PSA in favor of marriage equality in the Evergreen State. Walsh, a third-term Republican Representative, is advocating for the passage of Referendum 74, which would allow same-sex couples to marry in Washington.
In the 30-second PSA, Walsh said the issue of marriage equality was a “question of fundamental fairness” and that it was not her, or anyone else’s, place to stop a couple from benefiting in the “incredible bond of marriage.”
“As a Republican, I don’t believe the government should tell anyone who they can or cannot marry,” Walsh added.
Walsh made headlines back in February after stunning her party with her bipartisan support for marriage equality. In her heartfelt speech in the Legislature, she spoke about her own daughter, who is a lesbian, and her desire to one day throw her a wedding.
“I hope she will not feel like a second-class citizen involved in something called a ‘domestic partnership,’” Walsh said in her speech.
Meanwhile, former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum made a stop in Spokane, Wash. on Tuesday to campaign against the referendum.
But support for marriage equality is strong heading into November, as indicated by a recent poll out of Washington that shows a 15-point lead between those in favor of passing the referendum and those who oppose it.
Washington is one of four states in the country that will vote on marriage equality this November.