The Kitsap Sun’s Steven Gardner shares an update on Heather Purser, the 29-year-old Suquamish woman who helped gay couples secure marriage rights through the tribe this summer.
Here is Gardner’s August article on Purser. And the update:
Heather Purser drew national attention in August and won’t be out of the spotlight soon.
The 29-year-old Suquamish Tribe member and Seattle resident helped influence the tribe to recognize and grant marriage licenses for same-sex couples, a quiet change there that defied how similar change has happened elsewhere.
Her role in a broader acceptance of same-sex marriage is likely to continue. Purser said she has been contacted by advocates who will lobby the Legislature to formally grant same-sex marriage rights in Washington.
“She is a classic example of how one person telling a story can make such a profound difference. She has created change simply by having the courage to publicly talk about who she is and what her hopes and dreams are,” said Joshua Friedes, marriage equality director for Equal Rights Washington.