Republican Rep. Walsh's floor speech on gay marriage goes viral When Rep. Maureen Walsh gave a heartfelt speech this week in support of legalizing same-sex marriage, she was talking to 97 of her colleagues in the Legislature. But the whole world was watching, and Walsh -- a Walla Walla Republican who broke ranks with her party to support the legislation -- found herself flooded with calls and emails Thursday after video of her speech went viral on the internet. "I can't believe what's going on. I just got an email from Ireland," Walsh told the Herald during a break in legislative action Thursday. Walsh spoke during the Wednesday debate about the bond she shared with her late husband and her desire for all couples to be able to experience that kind of connection. She also spoke about her love for her lesbian daughter and wanting to someday throw her daughter a wedding. "I was proud of myself because I didn't cry," she said. "When I really got emotional was afterward when my daughter texted me and said, 'You rock, Mom!' " Walla Walla Rep. Walsh's floor speech on gay marriage goes viral | Olympia - The News Tribune Walsh was one of only two Republicans in the House to vote Wednesday in favor of the bill allowing gay couples to marry in Washington Representative Maureen Walsh Remarks on ESSB 6239 - YouTube It's different when it's one of your kids.