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I am so ashamed and angry!
I am so ashamed of my state. Normally I am a crazy-proud Washingtonian, but this makes me so angry and so ashamed of people in general. Makes me want to move back to Mass, where they not only cover infertility treatments, but also *gasp* allow gay marriage.

Wash. state court upholds ban on gay marriage


Updated: 19 minutes ago
OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Washington Supreme Court ruled against gay marriage Wednesday, upholding the state’s 1998 Defense of Marriage Act.

The 38 plaintiffs in the case — 19 gay and lesbian couples seeking to marry — challenged the constitutionality of the 1998 law, which limits marriage to heterosexual couples.

Judges in King and Thurston counties overturned the law in 2004, citing the state constitution’s “privileges and immunities” section. The state appealed, and the cases were consolidated for state Supreme Court review.

In their arguments before the Supreme Court, the plaintiffs’ attorneys said the gay marriage ban violates a constitutional prohibition against granting privileges to one group of citizens but not another. They also argued the ban violated the state’s Equal Rights Amendment.

Attorneys defending the marriage law said the state has a legitimate interest in regulating relationships that produce children.

Setback for proponents
The decision is just the latest in a series of significant court rulings on the issue in recent weeks, most falling in favor of opponents.

Courts reinstated voter-approved bans on gay marriage in Nebraska and Georgia earlier this month. Tennessee’s Supreme Court ruled that voters there should have a say on allowing gay marriage.

Massachusetts’ high court — the same court that issued the historic ruling that has allowed more than 8,000 same-sex couples since 2004 to marry in that state — ruled a proposed state constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage could go on the ballot if approved by the Legislature.

In Connecticut, a judge found gay and lesbian couples had not been harmed by that state’s decision to grant them civil unions but not marriage. Vermont also allows civil unions that confer the same legal rights as heterosexual married couples.

In all, 45 states have passed laws banning gay marriage or limiting marriage to between a man and a woman. Congress recently rebuffed a move to get a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

Current Mood: angry angry

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brendaboo From: brendaboo Date: July 26th, 2006 03:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
"Attorneys defending the marriage law said the state has a legitimate interest in regulating relationships that produce children."

Really??? Because I have yet to see any state step forward and say, we don't think you two are a good candidate for marraige and we don't want you producing children so we are denying your wedding license.

The whole thing makes me sick. I mean really, who gives a rat's ass if two consenting adults want to be married? Be GLAD they are looking for a committed relationship. And who, exactly, is being harmed if a lesbian couple or a gay couple get married???
nanchanone From: nanchanone Date: July 26th, 2006 04:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
That quote jumped out at me too. WTF, man?
katie_rose From: katie_rose Date: July 26th, 2006 05:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah me too. And, IMO, it sets a VERY slippery precedent. I mean, with that rationale, what's to stop the state from intervening & prohibiting a felon from getting married because it *might* produce kids.

2seastars From: 2seastars Date: July 26th, 2006 04:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Agree 100%. Too angry to formulate response.
mommycal From: mommycal Date: July 26th, 2006 04:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
come back to MA! :)
rdhatt From: rdhatt Date: July 26th, 2006 04:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Can't say I'm surprised. I don't blame the court; it's the legislature's fault. If you read the offical ruling, the court sympathizes with the plantiffs; recognizing that it sucks for them.

I don't forsee significant change on this issue in the immediate future. Winning this fight means being in it for the long haul. We're definately out-numbered/out-gunned. C'mon - 45 states have gone this way. Even Mass. is threatened with a ban.

Anyhoo - my solution - I support privatizing all marriages.
katie_rose From: katie_rose Date: July 26th, 2006 05:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
A very reasonable solution, however I think we're even further from than than we are from equality in marriage.

And you know me, I'm definitely in this for the long haul.
kitlyn From: kitlyn Date: July 28th, 2006 09:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Miss home! Hate my red state! Boo!

(And I would have thought that your blue part of the world would be better than here!)
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