WA State Sen. Padden Issues Statement Opposing Gay Marriage


The Spokane Examiner:

Sen. Mike Padden, (R-Spokane Valley) who represents the 4th District and sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he does not support the effort in a statement issued Tuesday:

“I do not support changing the traditional definition of marriage," he said, adding that he would "oppose any bill that attempts to redefine marriage as anything other than its historic definition as a union of one man and one woman."

Padden, a former district court judge who was sworn into office last November, disagrees. “Marriage has always been understood as a comprehensive relationship between a man and woman, as husband and wife, grounded in their complementary nature and their ability to naturally conceive and give birth to children, as father and mother," Padden said.

“The state has always recognized the special nature of that relationship and its benefits for society as a whole,” he added