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7/26/2006  12:16:00 PM
Brian Hawksford (206) 684-8808
Zuzka Lehocká-Howell (206) 233-3981


SEATTLE –Today the Washington state Supreme Court in a splintered decision, ruled against marriage equality and upheld the 1998 Defense of Marriage Act passed by the legislature.

“I’m disappointed that the majority of our Supreme Court does not believe that our constitution stands for equal rights for all,” said Councilmember Tom Rasmussen. “As a result of today’s decision, there are still over 1,000 legal protections provided to married couples that are not afforded to same-sex couples. Inequality even when written in law is inequality just the same.”

In the decision today, the court acknowledged that “…day-to-day decisions that are routine for married couples are more complex, more agonizing, and more costly for same-sex couples…” Given these facts, Councilmember Rasmussen added, “It is incumbent upon all of us to elect leaders who will protect and defend our rights and who will also repeal the Defense of Marriage Act so that we may finally ensure equality for all.”


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