Washington "Definition of Marriage" Initiative (2012)
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The proposed measure would have defined marriage as between one man and one woman.
The proposal was filed with the Washington Secretary of State as the state legislature considered SB 6239. The bill is supported by Gov. Christine Gregoire. The bill, sponsored by state Sen. Ed Murray (D) and Rep. Jamie Pedersen (D), provides "equal protection for all families in Washington by creating equality in civil marriage and changing the domestic partnership laws, while protecting religious freedom." On February 1, 2012 the Washington State Senate voted 28-21 in favor of the proposed bill.
Path to the ballot
- See also: Washington signature requirements
In order to qualify for the ballot, supporters were required to submit a minimum of 241,153 valid signatures by July 6, 2012.
- Washington Domestic Partners Rights and Responsibilities, Referendum 71 (2009)
- Washington Same-Sex Marriage Referendum (2012)
- Washington Secretary of State: From Our Corner, "Nearly 10,000 domestic partnerships registered in WA," February 2, 2012
- Washington Secretary of State, "Definition of Marriage text," accessed January 10, 2012
- Washington State Legislature, "Text of Senate Bill 6239," accessed January 24, 2012
- Washington State Legislature, "Text of House Bill 2516," accessed January 24, 2012
- The Seattle Times, "Historic Senate vote clears way for gay marriage in state," February 1, 2012