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8/4/2004  12:19:00 PM
Mike Fong (206) 684-8808


Seattle - Councilmember Tom Rasmussen calls this morning's ruling by King County Superior Court Judge William Downing a major victory. Downing determined Washington State's Defense of Marriage Act violates the equal protection and due process clauses of the Washington State constitution, that gay and lesbian couples have the right to marry and the denial of that right is unconstitutional.

"I applaud Judge William Downing's ruling today striking down Washington's Defense of Marriage Act. Marriage is a fundamental right for all people and this decision recognizes the value we place on equal rights and civil liberties for everyone in our society.

"This is a major victory in our community's pursuit of equal justice under the law. I want to thank all of those who have worked so hard for so long toward equality in our state."

Tom Rasmussen,
Seattle City Council

Councilmember Rasmussen has served on the national board of the LAMBDA Legal Defense and Education Fund. LAMBDA is a non-profit agency dedicated to reducing inequality, hate crimes and discrimination by encouraging self-acceptance, cooperation, and non-violence. Rasmussen also was a founder and first co-chair of the Privacy Fund, the first state-wide organization in Washington State created to work for the rights of gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgendered people. He is the first openly gay man to be elected to the Seattle City Council.


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