OLYMPIA, Wash.-- As lawmakers prepare to consider a measure to legalize same-sex marriage in Washington state, an Everett attorney has filed an initiative seeking to clarify the definition of marriage.
Stephen Pidgeon filed the initiative with the state secretary of state's office on the first day of the legislative session on Monday. Pidgeon previously worked with groups who unsuccessfully tried to overturn the state's domestic partnership law in 2009.
The initiative seeks to change the current state statute, which says that marriage is a civil contract between a male and a female. Pidgeon wants it to be changed to "between one man and one woman."
He said the clarification is necessary because he is concerned legalizing same sex marriage would lead to the legalization of polygamy and other forms of relationships.