Nancy Monahan, 57, a retired petty office with the Coast Guard, waited outside before the weddings began with her partner of 14 years, Deb Needham, Degree of recognition unknown. The majority opinion focused on the constitutionality of the State Legislature's enactment of the state's Defense of Marriage Act limiting the privileges of marriage to opposite-sex couples.
The Huffington Post. Israel 6. The decision concluded that the state law limiting marriage to different-sex couples violated sections of the Constitution that required due process and equal protection of the laws.
It heard oral arguments on March 8, Washington does not allow for proxy marriages. Persons must be at least 18 years of age to apply for a marriage license. Also, you would need to reapply and pay the license fee again.
And the Court's right-to-marry cases cannot fill the historical void. SEATTLE -- Same-sex couples in Washington state began reciting wedding vows at events across the state Sunday, on the first day they could marry after the state's gay marriage law took effect.
Sims that said the state had no rational basis for excluding same-sex couples from the rights and benefits of marriage. Archived from the original on March 25,