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A tortuous wait in Washington

Washington high court justice says gay marriage ruling imminent. I guess it depends on what “imminent” means, since it has been predicted that there would be a ruling on SSM months ago.

State Supreme Court Justice Susan Owens said Wednesday she believes the court’s long-awaited ruling on the constitutionality of the state’s gay marriage ban will be issued before this September’s primary, contrary to speculation that the justices would hold off because of the topic’s sensitivity.

…Many people have speculated recently about when the court would rule. Chief Justice Gerry Alexander told reporters in January that he hoped the court would be able to issue its opinion during the 2006 Legislature, but lawmakers adjourned in March. He declined to comment Wednesday. In early June, Gov. Chris Gregoire reflected a widely held opinion when she guessed the ruling wouldn’t come before the November elections.

…The primary is scheduled for Sept. 19. Owens said she could not say with any more specificity when the ruling would come. As of Wednesday afternoon, the court had not listed any rulings to be issued Thursday.

You have to believe that the State Supreme Court in Washington is simply trying to do the right thing on its decision on SSM by carefully looking at the state constitution and whether there is room to interpret that marriage is open to gays and lesbians. (365gay):

The case hinges on how the nine justices interpret 34 words in the state constitution. The key passage is Article 1, Section 12, which says, “No law shall be passed granting to any citizen … privileges or immunities which upon the same terms shall not equally belong to all citizens.”

Hat tip to Paul in SF, who said: “I’ll be jumping on my bike and motoring up to Olympia on Friday. If this should happen to come down during the week I am there I will give you updates from on the scene.”

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