Washington State Upholds Gay Marriage Ban
Posted on Jul 26, 2006
Bigots are delighting at this blow against tolerance. Massachusetts is now the only state still extending full marriage benefits to homosexual couples.
On an intellectual level, it’s interesting to read the logical flights of fancy that judges have to make in their opinions to codify this kind of hatred into law.
AP via Mercury News:
OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Washington Supreme Court upheld the state’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples Wednesday, dealing the gay rights movement its second major defeat in less than a month in a liberal-leaning state that had been regarded as a promising battleground.
Massachusetts is still the only state that allows same-sex couples to wed.
In a 5-4 decision, the court left any action on Washington state’s 1998 Defense of Marriage Act to the Legislature or the ballot initiative process.
Wednesday’s ruling surprised and delighted gay-marriage opponents, given Washington state’s liberal politics, particularly in Seattle.
“This is more than we could have imagined. We are shocked, and pleasantly shocked. We were prepared for the other direction,” said Jon Russell, field director for the conservative Faith and Freedom Network.