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Gay marriage bill has 23 Senate sponsors; hearing next

Post by Brad Shannon / The Olympian on Jan. 13, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
January 13, 2012 4:24 pm

Democratic Sen. Ed Murray of Seattle introduced a same-sex marriage bill today along with 22 co-sponsors, just two Senate members short of having enough votes to pass it. A hearing on Senate Bill 6239 is planned at 10 a.m. Jan. 23 in the Senate Government Operations, Tribal Relations and Elections Committee.

The legislative proposal is at the request of Democratic Gov. Chris Gregoire, who announced her support for recognizing same-sex marriages last week. The bill would make Washington the seventh state to give legal recognition to same-sex marriages.

All told, two Republicans and 21 Democrats signed as sponsors – including:

  • Republican Sens. Cheryl Pflug of Maple Valley, listed as the first co-sponsor after Murray, and Steve Litzow of Bellevue.
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