Washington’s Marriage Equality Bill Advances to Full Senate

The Senate Government Operations, Tribal Relations and Elections Committee approved a bill that would legalize same gender marriage in the state of Washington on a 4-3 party-line vote yesterday.

According to the Seattle Times,”It’s not clear when the full Senate will take up the measure, Senate Bill 6239. Sen. Ed Murray, D-Seattle, the bill’s prime sponsor said he’s pushing for a vote next week, but doesn’t know if that will happen.”

The hearing wasn’t without interesting moments. “Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, attempted to add a provision that would send the gay-marriage law to voters, arguing “a change this significant in long-standing state law … requires more than a simple majority vote of the Legislature,” reports the paper.

Benton’s amendment, as well as four other republican amendments, were defeated.

As we reported earlier this week, the bill is expected to pass the legislature. Gov. Chris Gregoire has said she’ll sign the legislation.

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