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Breaking: Washington state Senate votes today on bill to redefine marriage

Posted Feb. 1, 2012 by Marriage Unique for a Reason No comments yet

Today, Wednesday February 1st, the Washington state Senate is voting on a proposed bill that would redefine marriage to exclude sexual difference. The Senate Rules Committee had advanced the bill on Tuesday, approving it for a vote by the full chamber.

The bishops of Washington state have spoken out strongly against the bill. As previously reported here, all four Catholic bishops signed an open letter to the people of Washington: “Marriage and the Common Good: A statement on legislation to redefine marriage.”

Archbishop J. Peter Sartain also provided testimony against the bill in both the Senate (Committee on Government Operations, Tribal Relations & Elections) and the House (Judiciary Committee). Well-known marriage advocates Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse (Ruth Institute), Austin R. Nimocks (Alliance Defense Fund) and Christopher Plante (National Organization for Marriage) testified as well.

Find out more at the Washington State Catholic Conference’s website on marriage and the common good