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Equal Rights WA Celebrates Introduction of Gay Marriage Bill

January 05, 2012

    Gay marriage

may become legal in Washington state. Gov. Chris Gregoire said Wednesday she wants Washington to become the

seventh state in the nation to permit same sex couples to marry.
    She said at a news

conference she'll introduce legislation that, if passed, would allow gay and lesbian couples to marry in

Washington. In 2009 the Legislature passed, and voters later upheld, a bill that greatly expanded the rights of

same-sex domestic partners. That measure was known as the "everything but marriage" bill. Nearly 19,000

people in Washington state are registered as domestic partners.
    Of course, gay marriage

brings out strong opinions. Some groups are very much in favor, and other groups vehemently much oppose gay

marriage.
    Today we will look at the issue from both sides. In November, a coalition called

Washington United for Marriage announced it would lobby the Legislature to approve a gay marriage this year. Equal

Rights Washington is a member of that coalition and lobbies in support of gay marriage. Isaac Kaplan-Woolner spoke

with Director of Marriage Equality Josh Friedes by phone.
    The legislature is set to

reconvene for its regular session next week.