Tuesday, August 29, 2006

WA Supreme Court asked to reconsider marriage ruling

The Washington State Supreme Court has been asked to reconsider its narrow 5-4 decision to uphold the state's ban on marriage for same-sex couples. The attorneys for the 19 plaintiffs who sued for the right to marry made the announcement in a written statement on Tuesday afternoon.

The state's highest court had given the attorney's until today to decide if they would file a motion for reconsideration. If the motion is granted, the justices could call for further oral arguments or simply issue a ruling on the matter.

The Northwest Women's Law Center attorney, Nancy Sapiro, said the "stakes in this case are so high" that the attorneys had to explore "every option available..."

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