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Washington state's gay rights bill scoots through its House

Almost there…it moves on to the Senate, where it is expected to pass. I am waiting for the head of bible-beating black bigot of Antioch Bible Church in Redmond, Ken Hutcherson, to explode. (

Legislation banning discrimination against gays, lesbians, and the transgendered in jobs and housing was passed in the state House on Friday. The measure was approved on a 60-37 vote.

“This discrimination is a reality,” said Rep. Ed Murray (D-Seattle) leading off final debate on the bill and working diffuse critics who claim there had been no proof the legislation was needed.

The no votes came mainly from Republicans. “We think this needs to go the people,” said House Minority Leader Richard DeBolt (R-Chehalis). “We don’t think we should impede on the religious freedom.”

It is expected the legislation will pass the Senate this time. The senator who cast the deciding vote now says he will support the measure.

This time around, the bill has support from Microsoft, which caved to the right the last time around, and other big boys on board: Boeing, Hewlett Packard and Nike. Hutcherson, the cry baby, has called for a national boycott against Microsoft.

As other folks have commented, I guess this means he’ll be moving to some flavor of Linux, huh? Apple’s too gay friendly, so Hutch is pretty much f*cked.

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