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SB 6239 - Authorizes Same-Sex Marriage - Key Vote

Washington Key Votes

Ed Orcutt voted Nay (Passage) on this Legislation.

Read statements Ed Orcutt made in this general time period.

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Legislation - Signed (Executive) -

Title: Authorizes Same-Sex Marriage

Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (55-43) - (Key vote)

Title: Authorizes Same-Sex Marriage

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that authorizes same-sex marriage.

Highlights:
  • Defines “marriage” as a civil contract between 2 individuals that have reached the age of 18 years (Sec. 1).
  • Specifies that where gender-specific terms are implemented in laws and statutes, the terms are to be understood as gender-neutral and shall apply to same-sex spouses (Secs. 1 & 13).
  • Prohibits licensed religious officials from being required to provide religious-based marriage services to a same-sex couple (Sec. 1).
  • Prohibits religious organizations and religiously-affiliated educational institutions from being required to provide facilities or services for same-sex marriage services (Secs. 1 & 2).
  • Authorizes couples with legal unions which were validly formed in another state and which provide the same rights, benefits, and responsibilities as marriage, to obtain a marriage license in Washington (Sec. 2).
  • Requires both individuals to be at least 18 years of age and 1 individual in a couple to be at least 62 years of age or older in order for the couple to enter into a state registered domestic partnership (Sec. 9).
  • Specifies that any state registered domestic partnership that has not been dissolved or converted into marriage by June 30, 2014, will automatically be merged into a marriage on that date, unless at least 1 person in the couple is 62 years of age or older (Sec. 10).
Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (28-21) - (Key vote)

Title: Authorizes Same-Sex Marriage

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that authorizes same-sex marriage.

Highlights:
  • Defines “marriage” as a civil contract between 2 individuals that have reached the age of 18 years (Sec. 1).
  • Specifies that where gender-specific terms are implemented in laws and statutes, the terms are to be understood as gender-neutral and shall apply to same-sex spouses (Secs. 1 & 13).
  • Prohibits licensed religious officials from being required to provide religious-based marriage services to a same-sex couple (Sec. 1).
  • Prohibits religious organizations and religiously-affiliated educational institutions from being required to provide facilities or services for same-sex marriage services (Secs. 1 & 2).
  • Authorizes couples with legal unions which were validly formed in another state and which provide the same rights, benefits, and responsibilities as marriage, to obtain a marriage license in Washington (Sec. 2).
  • Requires both individuals to be at least 18 years of age and 1 individual in a couple to be at least 62 years of age or older in order for the couple to enter into a state registered domestic partnership (Sec. 9).
  • Specifies that any state registered domestic partnership that has not been dissolved or converted into marriage by June 30, 2014, will automatically be merged into a marriage on that date, unless at least 1 person in the couple is 62 years of age or older (Sec. 10).
Note:

NOTE: THIS IS A SUBSTITUTE BILL, MEANING THE LANGUAGE OF THE ORIGINAL BILL HAS BEEN REPLACED. THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE SUBSTITUTE BILL TEXT DIFFERS FROM THE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE TEXT CAN VARY GREATLY.

Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Authorizes Same-Sex Marriage

Sponsors

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  • Christine 'Chris' Gregoire (WA - D) (Out Of Office)
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