New effort to legalize gay marriage in Washington

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SEATTLE (AP) -- A new effort has begun to legalize gay marriage in Washington state.

The Seattle Times (http://bit.ly/uEWoaj ) reports gay marriage backers believe the time has come to take another step toward equal marriage rights for same-sex couples.

Two years ago, the Legislature passed the domestic partnership law nicknamed "everything but marriage."

Now gay-marriage supporters want Washington to become the seventh state to legalize marriage of gay and lesbian couples.

A coalition of dozens of gay-rights, civil-liberties, labor and religious groups say they'll pressure the Legislature to pass a marriage equality law in 2012. They are prepared to defend it from any referendum challenge.

Their effort begins Monday with a Bellevue news conference, followed by a series of suburban town halls to show support for gay marriage outside of liberal Seattle.

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Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com