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ESSB 6239 : Washington State

ESSB 6239 : Washington State

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Published by Kathy E. Gill
SB 6239 - 2011-12 (What is this?)

Concerning civil marriage and domestic partnerships.
SB 6239 - 2011-12 (What is this?)

Concerning civil marriage and domestic partnerships.

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Published by: Kathy E. Gill on Aug 11, 2012
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62nd Legislature2012 Regular Session
Passed by the Senate February 1, 2012YEAS 28 NAYS 21
President of the Senate
Passed by the House February 8, 2012YEAS 55 NAYS 43
Speaker of the House of Representatives
CERTIFICATEI, Thomas Hoemann, Secretary of theSenate of the State of Washington,do hereby certify that the attachedis
as passed by the Senate andthe House of Representatives on thedates hereon set forth.
Governor of the State of Washington
Secretary of StateState of Washington
 _____________________________________________ Passed Legislature - 2012 Regular Session
State of Washington62nd Legislature2012 Regular SessionBy
Senate Government Operations, Tribal Relations & Elections(originally sponsored by Senators Murray, Pflug, Hobbs, Litzow, Kohl-Welles, Ranker, Tom, Harper, Pridemore, Keiser, Kline, Regala, Eide,Rolfes, McAuliffe, Brown, Nelson, Chase, Fraser, Frockt, Conway,Kilmer, and Prentice; by request of Governor Gregoire)READ FIRST TIME 01/27/12.1AN ACT Relating to providing equal protection for all families in2Washington by creating equality in civil marriage and changing the3domestic partnership laws, while protecting religious freedom; amending4RCW 26.04.010, 26.04.020, 26.04.050, 26.04.060, 26.04.070, 26.60.010,526.60.030, 26.60.090, and 1.12.080; adding new sections to chapter626.04 RCW; adding a new section to chapter 26.60 RCW; adding a new7section to chapter 26.33 RCW; adding a new section to chapter 74.138RCW; adding a new section to chapter 74.15 RCW; creating new sections;9and providing a contingent effective date.10BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:11
Sec. 1.
RCW 26.04.010 and 1998 c 1 s 3 are each amended to read as12follows:13(1) Marriage is a civil contract between ((a male and a female))14two persons who have each attained the age of eighteen years, and who15are otherwise capable.16(2) Every marriage entered into in which either ((the husband or17the wife)) person has not attained the age of seventeen years is void18except where this section has been waived by a superior court judge ofp. 1ESSB 6239.PL
1the county in which one of the parties resides on a showing of2necessity.3(3) Where necessary to implement the rights and responsibilities of4spouses under the law, gender specific terms such as husband and wife5used in any statute, rule, or other law must be construed to be gender6neutral and applicable to spouses of the same sex.7(4) No regularly licensed or ordained minister or any priest, imam,8rabbi, or similar official of any religious organization is required to9solemnize or recognize any marriage. A regularly licensed or ordained10minister or priest, imam, rabbi, or similar official of any religious11organization shall be immune from any civil claim or cause of action12based on a refusal to solemnize or recognize any marriage under this13section. No state agency or local government may base a decision to14penalize, withhold benefits from, or refuse to contract with any15religious organization on the refusal of a person associated with such16religious organization to solemnize or recognize a marriage under this17section.18(5) No religious organization is required to provide19accommodations, facilities, advantages, privileges, services, or goods20related to the solemnization or celebration of a marriage.21(6) A religious organization shall be immune from any civil claim22or cause of action, including a claim pursuant to chapter 49.60 RCW,23based on its refusal to provide accommodations, facilities, advantages,24privileges, services, or goods related to the solemnization or25celebration of a marriage.26(7) For purposes of this section:27(a) "Recognize" means to provide religious-based services that:28(i) Are delivered by a religious organization, or by an individual29who is managed, supervised, or directed by a religious organization;30and31(ii) Are designed for married couples or couples engaged to marry32and are directly related to solemnizing, celebrating, strengthening, or33promoting a marriage, such as religious counseling programs, courses,34retreats, and workshops; and35(b) "Religious organization" includes, but is not limited to,36churches, mosques, synagogues, temples, nondenominational ministries,37interdenominational and ecumenical organizations, missionESSB 6239.PLp. 2

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