Same-sex marriage bill passes in Senate committee

By | January 26, 2012 | Comments

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.

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