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2012 Senate Bill 6239: Redefining marriage to allow same-gender civil marriages
Introduced by Sen. Ed Murray (Seattle) (D) on January 16, 2012 Redefines marriage as a union between two persons, and prohibits discrimination based on gender or sexual orientation. Requires the secretary of state to notify certain same sex domestic partners that the state law on the rights and responsibilities of state registered domestic partners will change in relation to certain same-sex registered domestic partners. (Companion Bill: HB 2516).   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Government Operations, Tribal Relations & Elections Committee on January 16, 2012
Substitute offered in the Senate on January 26, 2012 Allows couples of the same sex to marry. Provides an exemption for religious organizations regarding solemnizing a marriage and providing accommodations, goods, and services related to the solemnization or celebration of a marriage. Provides that a state registered domestic partnership in which the parties are the same sex and under the age of 62 will be merged into a marriage as of June 30, 2014, unless the parties marry or dissolve their domestic partnership before that date.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on January 26, 2012
Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on January 27, 2012
Amendment offered by Sen. Don Benton (Vancouver) (R) on February 1, 2012 Clarifies that all faith-based social service organizations are covered under the definition of "religious organization".
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on February 1, 2012
Amendment offered by Sen. Don Benton (Vancouver) (R) on February 1, 2012 States that religious based educational institutions shall not be required to provide accommodations, facilities, advantages, privileges, service, or goods related to the solemnization or celebration of a marriage. Provides protections against lawsuits.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on February 1, 2012
Amendment offered by Sen. Joe Fain (Auburn) (R) on February 1, 2012 Removes the intent section from the original bill.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on February 1, 2012
Amendment offered by Sen. Joe Fain (Auburn) (R) on February 1, 2012 Exempts certain religously-based organizations and facilities from forced recognition of marriage or marriage ceremonies. Also exempts such organizations from civil liability.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on February 1, 2012
Amendment offered by Sen. Joe Fain (Auburn) (R) on February 1, 2012 Expands the definition of religous organization to include churches, mosques, synagogues, temples, nondenominational ministries, interdenominational and ecumenical organizations, mission organizations, faith-based social agencies, and other entities whose principal purpose is the study, practice, or advancement of religion.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on February 1, 2012
Amendment offered by Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen, (D-Camano Island) (D) on February 1, 2012 Exempts religously-based child placement organizations from altering their faith-based operations.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on February 1, 2012
Amendment offered by Sen. Mike Padden (Spokane Valley) (R) on February 1, 2012 Provides protection to religious organizations from adverse governmental action for refusing to provide accommodations, facilities, advantages, privileges, service, or goods related to the solemnization or celebration of a marriage.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on February 1, 2012
Amendment offered by Sen. Don Benton (Vancouver) (R) on February 1, 2012 Provides that religious-based child placement agencies may not be required to place or arrange for the placement of children with same sex couples or individuals in same sex relationships. Protects religious-based child placement agencies from adverse action of governmental entities that are based on the agency's decision not to place children with same sex couples or persons in same sex relationships.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 1, 2012
Amendment offered by Sen. Brian Hatfield (Raymond) (D) on February 1, 2012 Requires a referandum be put on the ballot in the next general election to submit same-sex marriage to the voters for approval.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 1, 2012
Amendment offered by Sen. Mike Padden (Spokane Valley) (R) on February 1, 2012 Recognizes the federal and state constitutional protections for religious freedom, the amendment ensures that public officials are immune from any civil cause of action based on the person's refusal to solemnize a marriage that conflicts with his or her religious beliefs.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 1, 2012
Amendment offered by Sen. Dan Swecker, (R-Rochester) (R) on February 1, 2012 Provides that individuals and entities are not required to provide public accommodations, facilities, advantages, privileges, services, or goods related to the solemnization or celebration of a marriage that is in conflict with the individual's or the entity owner's religious beliefs. Amends the human rights commission's statutes.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 1, 2012
Passed 28 to 21 in the Senate on February 1, 2012 Legalizes gay marriage in Washington, provides certain legal protections for objecting religious organizations, alters the status of domestic partnerships, and requires Washington to recognize domestic partnerships that were formed in other states .
Received in the House on February 3, 2012
Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on February 3, 2012
Referred to the House Rules Committee on February 6, 2012
Amendment offered by Rep. Jay Rodne (North Bend) (R) on February 8, 2012 Makes the following technical corrections: (1) removes a duplicative definition of "religious organization;" (2) codifies section 3, relating to the interpretation of "religious organization;" (3) removes extra words inadvertently left in.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on February 8, 2012
Amendment offered by Rep. Jay Rodne (North Bend) (R) on February 8, 2012 Adds a referendum clause requiring the Secretary of State submit the act to the voters for approval during the next general election.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on February 8, 2012
Amendment offered by Rep. Jay Rodne (North Bend) (R) on February 8, 2012 This striking amendment: (1) provides an exemption and immunity to religious organizations for refusing to provide accommodations, facilities, advantages, privileges, services, or goods related to "the solemnization, recognition, or celebration" of a marriage, rather than the "solemnization or celebration of a marriage," (2) provides that a state agency or local government may not base a decision to penalize, withhold benefits from, license, or refuse to contract with a religious organization based on "the opposition of or refusal of" (rather than just "refusal of") a person associated with that organization to solemnize or recognize a marriage; and (3) makes technical corrections to remove a duplicative definition, codify section 3, and remove extra words inadvertently left in.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on February 8, 2012
Amendment offered by Rep. Matt Shea (Spokane Valley) (R) on February 8, 2012 Adds a one month residency requirement before persons can get married in Washington.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on February 8, 2012
Amendment offered by Rep. Matt Shea (Spokane Valley) (R) on February 8, 2012 Adds an intent section to: (1) include language from Article I, Section 11 and Article XXVI of the state constitution and from the First Amendment of the federal constitution; (2) provides that no official of any religious organization or nonprofit institution or other person authorized to solemnize a marriage may be required to solemnize a marriage in violation of his or her free exercise of religion; and (3) provides that no person or private business or private entity may be required to recognize or provide accommodations, facilities, goods, or services for any marriage in violation of the right to free exercise of religion.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on February 8, 2012
Amendment offered by Rep. Norma Smith (R-Whidbey Island) (R) on February 8, 2012 Reinserts language in the provision describing what persons getting married must declare in the presence of two witnesses (that they take each other as "husband and wife" or as "spouses").
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on February 8, 2012
Amendment offered by Rep. Norma Smith (R-Whidbey Island) (R) on February 8, 2012 Makes the following legislative findings: (1) written or spoken words alone lawfully expressing a person's opinions or beliefs about marriage is a constitutionally protected right; and (2) lawful expressions of opinions or beliefs regarding marriage are not based on a view of a person's sexual orientation but rather are based on a view of the institution of marriage.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on February 8, 2012
Passed 55 to 43 in the House on February 8, 2012
Signed by Gov. Christine Gregoire on February 13, 2012 Relating to providing equal protection for all families in Washington by creating equality in civil marriage and changing the domestic partnership laws, while protecting religious freedom.

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