Washington state Supreme Court rules against
Marriage Equality USA appalled
July 26, 2006
Today, in a heartbreaking 5-4 decision, the Washington Supreme
Court held that, in part, because different sex couples can procreate
-- the legislature can determine to exclude same-sex couples from
the rights and protections of marriage," said Davina Kotulski,
Ph.D. Executive Director of Marriage Equality, USA and Author
of Why You Should Give A Damn About Gay Marriage.
Kotulski and her partner, Molly McKay, have been working to secure
the right to marry for almost ten years.
"This reliance on procreation is a ruse for legalized homophobia
and justification for a second-class citizenship for LGBT Americans.
Same-sex couples are having and raising children together too
- why should their families be harmed based on how the children
were brought into the family. Plenty of different-sex couples
marry and never have children or adopt children or have children
from other relationships. The court's rationale is not rational
and this decision simply will not stand the test of time. Marriage
Equality USA will not rest until all Americans are provided true
equality under the law," said Kotulski.
This ruling comes despite a recent UCLA study confirms that not
only is marriage equality the right thing to do from a civil rights
perspective, it is also the right thing to do from an economic
The study, "The Impact on Washington's Budget of Allowing
Same-Sex Couples to Marry," concludes that the state will
save $4 to $6 million dollars annually in increased retail sales
tax revenue and decreased public assistance program.
In a dissenting opinion, Washington Supreme Court Justice Bridge
wrote "The impact of this case upon the plaintiff couples
and their children is both far reaching and deeply saddening.
The impact extends to all of Washington's gay and lesbian citizens
and to the many fair-minded Washington citizens who hoped for
a different result in this case. And, I dare say, the result that
we reach today will be remembered more for what it does not do
than for what it does."
"We must remember that despite the handful of states providing
some protections for same-sex couples, most state and federal
laws continue to deny same-sex couples access to any of the hundreds
of state rights and 1,138 federal rights, benefits, and protections
that come with civil marriage recognition, creating a second class
citizenry in direct violation of the equal protection guarantees
contained in the U.S. Constitution." stated Kotulski.
"We will not rest until equality is the law of the land
from sea to shining sea."