Sen. Maralyn Chase, D-Shoreline, released this statement following Gov. Jay Inslee’s announcement today that he is placing a moratorium on death-row executions in Washington.

“We don’t honor life when the state kills. We don’t discourage crime when the state kills. We don’t bring loved ones back or ease the pain of victims when the state kills. We might wish it were so, but it is not. And we accomplish little by pretending differently except to perpetuate a barbaric practice and, worse yet, unwittingly murder men and women who have been wrongly convicted of crimes they did not commit.

“I commend Gov. Inslee for recognizing these incontrovertible realities and acting decisively, immediately and unilaterally to end this horrible and failed exercise we call capital punishment.

“Most of us learn the Golden Rule very early in life. So, too, we learn the Ten Commandments and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. And we profess to hold these values dear, only to employ laws that punish those who transgress against us and our moral code with methods that violate that very code.

“Today we move forward as a state, as a people and as a society. I wish we could have gotten here sooner, but progress is often the result of many small steps over time. This is a large step and I am pleased to see it occur in my time.”