Estes and fellow officer Dennis Falk b. The legislation took effect on April 22, Under the law, oral and anal sex were illegal for consenting adults, either heterosexual or homosexual. However, the law provides that a person may choose to marry their domestic partner. I got married in Massachusetts in but am now with somebody else. In Olympia, the state capital, the Thurston County auditor's office planned to grant marriage licenses to the 15 same-sex couples who entered a lottery to be served first at midnight. Hicks ruled in Castle v.
The group had filed with the Court three weeks after the passage of the new law, Judge Judith E.
Washington state begins issuing same-sex marriage licences
The City Council voted 5 to 4 in favor of the amendment. Inthe two cases were merged and brought before the Washington State Supreme Court. Senate defeated an attempt by Utah Senator Bob Bennett  to "suspend the issuance of marriage licenses to any couple of the same sex until the people of the District of Columbia have the opportunity to hold a referendum or initiative on the question". So the first wave of same-sex Washington weddings — expected to number in the hundreds — is scheduled for Sunday. Superior Court judge ruled against a group opposed to the new law, who wanted a referendum on the issue, and had also asked the Court to delay the enactment of the new law until the court decided the full case, and also allowed voters to weigh in. If you want to remain together, you can marry now or wait until June 30,when the state will convert the partnership to a marriage.
On June 30,a D. On July 26,it reversed the trial courts' determinations in a ruling. The Democratic-controlled state legislature in Washington passed a bill to legalise gay marriage in February, and Democratic governor Christine Gregoire swiftly signed it into law. State elections General elections Gubernatorial elections Attorney General elections Secretary of State elections Executive branch elections State Senate elections 45th State House elections State Supreme Court elections Other judicial elections Presidential elections Presidential primaries and caucuses Democratic caucuses Republican caucuses Senate elections S House of Representatives elections InSeattle police officer David Estes b. Laws allowing same sex marriage in Washington, D.