January 26, 2012
By Jacob Combs
Today, Washington state’s marriage equality bill was approved in the Government Operations, Tribal Relations & Election Committee on a party-line 4-3 voice vote. The bill will move to a full floor vote next, although no date for the full vote has been announced.
Several Republican amendments to the bill were rejected by the committee, including one that would have required sending the measure to the ballot in November. Nevertheless, opponents of marriage equality in the state have promised that if the bill becomes law, they will attempt to collect the more than 120,000 signatures required before July 6 to trigger a referendum.
Congratulations, Washington, and on to the next vote!