A bill to legalize same-sex marriage in Washington was approved in the Senate Government Operations, Tribal Relations & Elections committee on Thursday with a 4-3 vote along party lines.
The vote followed discussion of four amendments, including one that would allow faith-based adoption centers to refuse services to gay couples. None of the amendments passed. Republican Sen. Don Benton asked for a referendum clause that would send the issue to the ballot in November.
“A change this significant in state law and in accepted societies around the world requires more than a simple majority vote,” Benton said. The referendum clause did not pass.
The bill is headed for a floor vote in the Senate.