OLYMPIA -- The budget and reforms represent a bold agenda, but there's one more request, Gov. Chris Gregoire said.
"It is time for marriage equality," she said. That brought strong applause and cheers from Democrats on one side of the chamber, but stone silence from Republicans on the other.
"Let's pass a marriage equality bill in the great state of Washington," she reiterated. Same response from both sides of the chamber.
"The future of our state is in our hands," she said in wrapping up her speech. "Let's show the people that in our Washington, we work together: Democrats, Republicans and independents."
That got applause from both sides.