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September 07, 2004

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HRC Praises Marriage Decision in Washington County Court

'There's no reason that hard-working, tax-paying Washingtonians should be denied equality under law,' said HRC President Cheryl Jacques.

WASHINGTON - Human Rights Campaign President Cheryl Jacques made the following statement today regarding the Thurston County, Washington, Superior Court's decision to declare the denial of marriage rights unconstitutional under state law.

"There's no reason that hard-working, tax-paying Washingtonians should be denied equality under law," said Jacques. "No churches, mosques or synagogues will be forced to change practices or policies.

"This decision takes nothing away from any marriage. It would only give same-sex couples the opportunity to make a personal choice to form a lifelong commitment and receive the same rights and obligations under law, such as the ability to make medical decisions on behalf of a loved one and keep the home you've shared when a loved one passes. We applaud the plaintiffs and American Civil Liberties Union for bringing this case forward."

The case will now go to the state Supreme Court. It's expected that the decision will be stayed until then, meaning same-sex couples will not be able to marry until the Supreme Court hands down its decision.

The Human Rights Campaign is the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender political organization with members throughout the country. It effectively lobbies Congress, provides campaign support and educates the public to ensure that LGBT Americans can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.

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