Statement by NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell, Esq.

(San Francisco, CA, February 13, 2012)—Today, Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a bill that makes the state the tenth jurisdiction in the country in which same-sex couples can marry.

Washington joins six other states, Washington D.C., and two tribal nations that no longer discriminate against same-sex couples in marriage. The law goes into effect June 7, 2012.

Statement by NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell, Esq.:

“We are a step closer to that inevitable day when all of us enjoy the same right to marry the person they love as our neighbors and friends. We congratulate Washington citizens and legislators on their humanity and their embrace of the values of full equality and justice for all.”

The National Center for Lesbian Rights is a national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education.
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