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Washingon State Democrats are 'deeply disappointed' over marriage ruling says state chair
Washingon State Democrats are 'deeply disappointed' over marriage ruling says state chair
Following this morning's Supreme Court decision in the case of Andersen v. King County, Washington State Democratic Chairman Dwight Pelz issued the following statement:

"Washington State Democrats are deeply disappointed with this morning's Supreme Court decision. As stated in our platform, we believe:

"That the state should not interfere with couples who choose to marry and share fully and equally in the rights, responsibilities and commitment of civil marriage, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

"The Defense of Marriage Act clearly constitutes such interference and blatantly discriminates against Gay and Lesbian Washingtonians.

"While this decision constitutes a substantial disappointment, we are encouraged by Justice Alexander's concurrence in which he states that nothing in the opinion "should be read as casting doubt on the right of the legislature or the people to broaden the marriage act or provide other forms of civil union if that is their will.

"More than ever, Democrats will continue the fight and redouble our efforts to ensure all Washingtonians that choose to enter into committed relationships are able to share fully and equally in the same rights and responsibilities under the law."



A WA State Democrats press release

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