What you need to know about the new state gay-marriage bill

By JOHN STEWART | The Washington PostWASHINGTON — The new state marriage law will go into effect next week and provide same-sex couples with the same legal rights as opposite-sex married couples, but the details are still being finalized, officials said Monday.

The law was signed by Gov.

Jay Inslee on Saturday, a day after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld same-gender marriage bans nationwide and signaled that federal courts are not the only courts that have jurisdiction over such matters.

The Supreme Court had earlier declined to hear the case, which could have forced states to redefine marriage and put a nationwide halt to federal laws prohibiting gay marriage.

But Inslee has promised to allow the courts to decide the issue in the meantime, and the new law sets the stage for that process.

Inslee’s administration said Monday that he plans to sign the law into law next week.

It also provides civil unions for same- and opposite-gender couples who are legally married in their states, and it allows same- sex couples to adopt children.

It is unclear when Inslee will make a decision about the constitutionality of the law.

A preliminary ruling by the state’s highest court was expected within the next few weeks.

Inslee’s office had no immediate comment on the court’s decision.

The state’s chief justice, William B. Blackmun, was appointed to fill the vacant seat on the U,S.

Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, the court that heard the case.

Insleeve said he expects the courts will rule within the first week of next week on the constitution validity of the new bill, and that it will be in effect until the Supreme Court rules.

He also said he was hopeful that the federal government would step in to stop the state from enforcing the new laws.

“I am confident the U the United States of America will intervene and we will prevail,” he said.

“I’m hopeful that it’s not the federal Government that comes in and starts forcing this issue.

We will prevail.”

A lawyer for Inslee said Monday it was premature to speculate on the outcome of the case and that Inslee was not in a position to comment.

In the meantime the U of S. Court has ruled that states are not required to recognize gay marriages performed elsewhere, and has declined to intervene to halt a federal law banning gay marriage in nine states.

The law, which has been challenged in federal courts, has been struck down in three states, Colorado, Washington and Oregon.

The other nine states, however, continue to have laws banning same- gender marriage.

The court has not yet ruled on the validity of Washington state’s new gay-womens-and-lesbian-females law, but its ruling in that case has been critical of Washington’s attempt to legalize same–sex marriage, which the court said was inconsistent with its own precedent.

The ruling in the Oregon case also said the state had failed to demonstrate that the law was narrowly tailored to advance the state interests of protecting children and preventing harm to the state and federal governments.

The court also said that a judge should have been given greater discretion to make the determination of whether a state’s marriage laws are consistent with federal constitutional law.