No reason to talk about politics—much, Grethe Cammermeyer (pictured) said to her audience of about 50 women and a couple of men. Not in light of the state Supreme Court upholding the ban on gay marriage. A beat passed. "I guess I'll have to run for the Legislature next time," she said, grinning broadly and sparking huge applause.
Cammermeyer, a colonel in the Army when she revealed she's a lesbian and was discharged from the military, unsuccessfully ran in 1998 for the 2nd District seat in U.S. Congress. She and her spouse, Diane Divelbess, were hosts for a dinner/concert at their home on Whidbey Island yesterday. Cammermeyer spoke very briefly while introducing folksinger Judy Small, an Australian who has been an advocate for social justice throughout her long career. One of Small's songs last night, "No Tears for the Widow," compares the aftermath of a spouse's death as experienced by a heterosexual woman and a lesbian. A lyric: "Marriage is a special word/Meant for only some."