Washington’s amended marriage law exempts pastors, rabbis, Imams and other clergy from having to perform same-sex weddings if they aren’t so moved. But for judges, justices and some court commissioners, who are also authorized to marry people in this state, the law is much less clear.
When Eric Palmer came to Augustana College four years ago, he wasn't expecting to fall in love. And he certainly wasn't expecting to be a pioneer when he requested to use the chapel to declare his devotion to his fiance.
In her farewell address that called school funding and transportation the top state challenges today, two-term Gov. Chris Gregoire also noted that Washington voted for a same-sex marriage law by the largest margin in the country last November, approving Referendum 74.