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Meanwhile, on the other side of the issue…

Social conservatives are trying to appeal to an even higher-net-worth power, it turns out.

Joe Fuiten, president of the politically-active group Positive Christian Agenda, has sent out an alert to members asking them to immediately take action on Senate Bill 5336:

"WE DO NOT HAVE THE VOTES TO DEFEAT OR BLOCK THIS BILL! Please pray for God's intervention, as the majority party lawmakers are bound and determined to take us down the inevitable path to gay marriage in Washington State.

(The capitals and boldface are in the original.)

Singled out for special praying: the 21 senators who have signed on as co-sponsors of the bill. Fuiten also asks people to let the lawmakers know that they're being prayed for.

Fuiten said the bill -- which would set up a state domestic partnerships registry that would grant some of the legal rights of marriage to gay-, lesbian- and some straight senior citizen couples -- could come up for a Senate vote today.

I'm told that as things stand now, the bill's not likely to come up for a vote in the Senate this week.

Short takes and breaking news from the Washington Legislature and the state capital.