by Josh Gross
After a vote from the Legislature Wednesday, Washington state is poised to be the seventh state to grant marriage rights to same-sex couples.
This speech from Republican Maureen Walsh of Walla Walla, Wash., was part of those proceedings.
Walsh said that though her husband died six years ago, it isn't the sex she misses, it's the companionship, and that it is wrong to deny that to anyone. She also said that without people willing to stand up for what is right in the past, she would not be able to hold office.
But what makes Walsh's speech so compelling is its fragility. There are no hysterics and few politics. It's just a deeply heartfelt rumination on love and loss. With a few endearingly awkward verbal stumbles about a life without sex.