Washington Senate Committee Advances Marriage Equality Bill
January 26, 2012 by Tony Wagner, Western Regional Field Director
The Washington State Senate Committee on Government Operations, Tribal Relations and Elections voted to approve SB 6239, a bill that would grant equal civil marriage to same-sex couples in the state. The vote was 4-3.
During consideration the committee also voted down four amendments to the legislation, including an attempt to add an automatic referendum clause that would put the measure up to a vote in November. Had it been successful, the clause would have eliminated the need for the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage and its in-state allies to collect any signatures to do so.
Lacey All, who lives in Seattle and serves on the HRC Board of Directors, the HRC Foundation Board and as the chair of the Washington United for Marriage coalition, had this to say about today’s developments:
We thank the senate committee for quickly passing this important legislation for Washington families. We’re excited that this bill continues to move towards final passage, and we will not let up until the Governor signs it. While we’re happy with today’s vote, we know it is but one battle in the fight for equality, and we will be steadfast in our continued effort to win marriage equality and defend it in November.”
Similar legislation is expected to be considered in the House Judiciary Committee on Monday, with possible floor votes in the coming weeks. Gov. Chris Gregoire has said she would sign the bill upon it reaching her desk.
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