One of the major opponents of marriage equality in Washington State died December 18 of prostate cancer.
The pro-football player gone minister, Ken Hutcherson, died at the age of 61. Though he was a huge racial equality leader, he was very much against same-sex equality.
After playing football for the Dallas Cowboys, San Diego Chargers and Seattle Seahawks, he retired in 1977 because of a knee injury. In 1984 he co-founded the Antioch Bible Church in Kirkland, Washington, and became its senior pastor the next year.
Hutcherson adamantly opposed lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights in general and spent 2004 and 2005 circulating petitions to repeal LGBT-inclusive anti-discrimination laws and organizing “Mayday for Marriage” rallies in Seattle, Olympia and Washington D.C.
His petitions, of course, ended up not working as Washington State passed a bill approving equal marriage rights in 2012 and had been offering domestic partnerships to same-sex couples since 2007.