Seattle's Gay Pride Parade takes on political tone

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by AMY MORENO / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on June 24, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Updated Sunday, Jun 24 at 6:00 PM

SEATTLE - Just months after she signed gay marriage into law, Governor Chris Gregoire served as a grand marshal for Seattle's Pride Parade.

The parade is an annual event, but this year's celebration included groups with a political focus  - like those supporting Referendum 74

The issue is personal for people like Leah Humpkins and Johanna Lindsay. They walked in the parade with their son.

“On New Year's day he tried to hand us papers so that we could get married and the governor made her announcement and i can't tell you how amazing it was to hear that,” said Lindsay.

After 12 years together they say getting married would be special for their entire family

"And the idea that he wouldn't have to explain to other kids what his parents relationship is it's amazing,” said Lindsay.

Those who do not support gay marriage say the celebration may be premature.

 “I do not believe it correctly reflects the values of most of the people in Washington that's why the referendum has been hatched if you will,” said Stephen Pidgeon, Stand Up For Marriage Coalition.

Pidgeon says he supports their ability to gather for events like the Pride Festival but believes the voters will not give them the right to marry

"I would encourage people to vote their conscience and be people of courage in this state,” he said.

It's an emotional issue and a debate that could heat up. Both sides say they want the discussion to stay productive.

“I think that Washingtonians are going to do the right thing,” said Lindsay.

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