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Same-sex marriage and its effects, benefits

Post by Brad Shannon / The Olympian on Jan. 30, 2012 at 5:11 pm | No Comments »
January 30, 2012 5:29 pm

The state House Judiciary Committee approved a bill today to legally recognize same-sex marriages in Washington, echoing passage of similar legislation in a Senate committee last week. The vote was party line, 7-to-6, with only Democrats in favor.

Washington would become the seventh state to recognize gay marriage under the House and Senate bills. As the legislation is advancing, advocates have begun touting the economic benefits of expanding the definition of marriage, even while religious conservatives warn there could be lawsuits against businesses subjected to discrimination claims under the bills, if either becomes law.


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